Tales of almost being killed by her pet python growing up in Africa kept pupils, parents and visitors alike enthralled when award-winning children’s author, Lauren St John, visited Trent College and its junior school, The Elms, on Monday (2 June).
One of the World Book Day 2014 authors, and winner of the 2011 Blue Peter Favourite Story and Book of the Year Award for ‘Dead Man’s Cove’, Lauren hosted two creative writing workshops, one for Elms pupils in Years 5 and 6 and then a group of Trent College Year 7s.
The doors were then open to welcome all-comers as Lauren gave a captivating talk, discussing growing up on a farm and game reserve in Zimbabwe and her work with the Born Free Foundation, where she has rescued dolphins and leopards, returning them to their natural habitat. She also talked about researching her books and her inspirations.
Lauren was the latest author to visit Trent College and The Elms as part of an ongoing programme to fire the storytelling imaginations and instil a love of books amongst both the youngest and more senior pupils.
Claire Scothern, Head of Library Services, at Trent College, said: “Listening to the children come up with imaginative characters and events for their stories during the workshops was brilliant!
“Lauren then gave everyone an enthralling and inspirational insight into her life and we were delighted to welcome visitors from outside the immediate Trent College and Elms families to enjoy the experience with us all.
“The scary story about nearly being killed by her pet python had everyone on the edge of their seats!”
As well as ‘Dead Man’s Cove’, Lauren wrote the bestselling 'White Giraffe' series. Her most recent book, Fire Storm, the final part of her The One Dollar Horse Trilogy was released in March. She previously spent almost a decade as The Sunday Times golf correspondent.