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King Edward's Witley celebrates World Book Day with children's author visit

Published Thursday 3rd of March 2016 10:29:21 AM

Budding writers and bookworms at King Edward’s Witley enjoyed a visit from children’s book author Kirsty Riddiford in celebration of World Book Day. Year 7 pupils participated in interactive workshops and activities with the author who talked about her passion for writing. Kirsty provided insights into how to develop a theme, shared tips on how to get the best out of a story and the role of descriptive language in bringing ideas alive. Specialising in the Science Fiction and Fantasy genre, Kirsty Riddiford is best known for her ‘Prophecies of Ballitor’ trilogy; a fantasy adventure set in a world of talking eagles and mythical creatures, aimed at 8-13 year olds (and older!). Born in Lancashire, Kirsty moved to South Africa when she was nine years old and, after attending university in Durban, travelled the world before finally settling in the UK. She is currently researching a children’s thriller set in London, where she now lives. Kirsty says, “World Book Day is a great excuse for schools to open their doors to visiting authors. I’ve been looking forward to this visit to King Edward’s Witley and working with the Year 7 pupils, structuring stories, brainstorming ideas and discussing the importance of daydreaming.” Janny Harris, librarian at King Edward’s Witley, says, “World Book Day is an important day for the School, and to have children’s book author, Kirsty Riddiford visit really brings the whole initiative to life. Kirsty’s workshops provide an opportunity for pupils to learn more about the well-loved characters in her books. Being a female author also links nicely to International Women’s Day on 8th March, another important day for us.” Now in its 19th year, World Book Day, Thursday 3rd March 2016, is a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of the joy of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.
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