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There is nothing like learning from the experts and students at Trent College had the chance to really stretch their mythical storytelling imaginations when award-winning author, Sarah Mussi, visited this week.
Sarah, who was herself an English teacher and whose books for young adults and teens have enjoyed many accolades including being shortlisted for a BBC Worldwide Children’s Talent Fiction Award, took students from Years 7 and 8 on a journey of myth and magic through the Snowdonia mountains as she talked to them about her most recent work, Here Be Dragons.
The students have been looking at myths in their English lessons, and as Claire Scothern, Head of Library Services at Trent College, explained, Sarah’s visit gave them a great opportunity to really explore mythical storytelling further.
She said: “Sarah was fantastic, liaising with our Head of Literacy, Miss McCann, and the English department. A number of classes were fortunate to have a creative writing workshop with Sarah where they had the opportunity to write their own story.
"Sarah also chatted with students at lunch who came to ask her for her writing tips. Meeting authors and learning to delve into their own creative minds is really important in young people developing a lifelong love of reading and being able to find escapism and relaxation in books."
Sarah Mussi’s visit was the latest in a packed school year of library activities here at Trent College, aimed at encouraging children to read, write and explore their imaginations. Last month author Jonathan Stroud regaled spooky Halloween tales from his latest ghostly children’s book, The Creeping Shadow, while Harry Potter Book Night takes place on Thursday 2nd February.
Then, following the shortlisting of the books for the prestigious 2017 CILIP Carnegie Medal in March, Trent College students will take part in official ‘shadowing’ of the judging process - reading, discussing and reviewing the shortlisted books and engaging in reading-related activity online ahead of the winners announcement on 19th June.