Harrow Way Year 7 and 8 students have been given award-winning writing tips courtesy of best-selling author Julia Golding who visited the school this week. Golding who also writes under the pen names of Joss Stirling and Eve Edwards is best known for her Cat Royal series and The Companions Quartet.
The Waterstones Children’s Book Prize winner and the Nestle Children’s Book Prize winner shared her writing journey with the students and how she finds inspiration for each of her novels. The students were given a head start for this year’s 500 Words short story competition which is BBC Radio 2’s Chris Evans’ brainchild to get children excited about reading and writing. Golding facilitated some creative writing workshops helping the students with their original short stories which need to be 500 words or fewer.
Golding’s journey to becoming an author was a roundabout one taking in a number of different careers from serving as a diplomat with the Foreign Office in Poland to working for Oxfam as a lobbyist. She also managed to find the time to take a doctorate in the literature of the English Romantic Period at the University of Oxford.
Harrow Way Librarian Sharon Burningham, who arranges all author visits to the school said: “Author events are a superb way to encourage reading and significant research shows a strong correlation between reading and attainment. Julia Golding is renowned for her young adult fiction and many of the students who met her today have enjoyed her novels.
“Julia has led an interesting life and her journey to becoming a professional author demonstrates to our students that life and career paths are not always clear cut. Her story is fascinating and I hope the students were duly inspired and motivated”.
For more information on Harrow Way Community School, please call 01264 364533 or visit www.harroway.hants.sch.uk. Visits to the school by appointment are always welcome.