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Lo­cal au­thor en­ter­tains Loch pupils

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Ged­des

Loch Pri­mary pupils were clearly full of the write stuff re­cently.

They were vis­ited by au­thor Kerr Thom­son, who spoke to them about writ­ing books.

It was part of the First Min­is­ter’s Read­ing Chal­lenge, aimed at en­cour­ag­ing young­sters to pick up a book.

Teacher Vicky Gra­ham said: “Our pri­mary seven pupils picked Kerr Thom­son, who hap­pens to be a teacher at Cathkin High School.

“The pupils loved the idea of lis­ten­ing to some­one who was lo­cal and that they would know when they move up to sec­ondary school.

“We held the event for all of our pri­mary 4-7 pupils and we in­vited their par­ents/ car­ers as well.

“The Read­ing Chal­lenge has all been about pro­mot­ing a love of read­ing and get­ting pupils to read more for plea­sure and our pri­mary 4-7 pupils ab­so­lutely loved their visit from Kerr.

They had to com­plete a quiz that chal­lenged their knowl­edge of au­thors and char­ac­ters from books.

“Kerr then spoke to the pupils about how his love of read­ing and go­ing out on ad­ven­tures for in­spi­ra­tion which en­cour­aged him to get into cre­ative writ­ing.

“Our pupils then got a sneak pre­view of Kerr’s new book The Rise of Wolves.

“They were dev­as­tated that the chap­ter ended with so much sus­pense and that they will have to wait un­til the book is pub­lished to find out what hap­pens next.

“Many of our pupils have al­ready said that they are go­ing to pur­chase the book when it comes out.”

Vicky felt that the event was a big hit with young­sters and added: “We re­ceived lots of pos­i­tive feed­back from our pupils and par­ents/car­ers.

“One pupil told us that ‘his book could make me re­ally en­joy read­ing’. An­other pupil said: ‘We now know one way to be­come an au­thor is to read lots of books.’

“One par­ent said: ‘It was great for the pupils to hear real life sto­ries, it was a great ses­sion.’

“As a school, we are con­tin­u­ing to en­cour­age all of our pupils to love read­ing and maybe some of our pupils will be in­spired to take up cre­ative writ­ing and be­come bud­ding au­thors.”

The Rise of Wolves is Kerr’s sec­ond novel and will be re­leased in Novem­ber.

Au­thor Visit Kerr Thom­son stopped by Loch Pri­mary to read from his next book

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