Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Author's Tips for Children

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Author's Tips for Children

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Byline: By Nicola Juncar

Pupils from a Tyneside school were given tips on how to become a children's writer from one of the region's most popular authors.

Young people from Sacred Heart RC School, in Fenham, Newcastle, were treated to a special workshop with David Almond, author of the award-winning book Skellig, at Seven Stories, the centre for children's books, based in Ouseburn Valley.

David, from Felling, Newcastle, spoke about Clay, his new story of two friends who befriend a mysterious boy, and he also gave tips on how to start writing and told what inspires him to put pen to paper.

Pupil Kate Stephenson, 12, said: "It was really good listening to his tips on how to become a writer and it has really inspired me."

Fan Grace Stokle, also 12, said: "We were able to ask lots of questions on how to write, which is good because I really like David Almond."

And Rachel McMullan, 12, added: "I really like David Almond's books as he sets them in the North East and you can relate to where he's writing about. …

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