During the day on Wednesday 11th October, two Remove English sets joined their counterparts at Desborough for an excellent day of author talks and creative writing workshops.
Authors Kim Curran and Leo Hunt made the journey to Desborough to share with the boys their experience of the writing process and publishing. Following the authors' insightful introductory talks, the audience split up to attend various workshops. Kim, whose background is in advertising, gave a masterclass on drafting the perfect sales pitch for new book ideas, and Leo kicked off Hallowe'en preparations in style with hints and tips on ghost story writing. Several hair-raising story lines later, the creative juices continued to flow with further workshops on ballad writing, ably hosted by our very own Mr Sheldrake, and a session on characterisation run by Mr Gleeson from Desborough. Again giving the boys some excellent pointers for the development of their own writing, with some impressive results presented at the end of the day.
Best of all, it was fantastic to see Desborough and Radley boys mingle and get writing together. They certainly produced some highly entertaining pieces in the short time available and will hopefully continue to hone their writing skills over the next years. Meanwhile, we are extremely grateful to Desborough's Librarian Mrs Hallissey and her colleagues for hosting the event and very much look forward to welcoming their Year 9s for more creative writing fun in November.