Monday, 25 September 2017

Author encourages Badgemore Primary pupils

Pupils at Badgemore Primary School got creative this week with a visit from children’s author Cathy MacLennan.

Pupils at Badgemore Primary School got creative this week with a visit from children’s author Cathy MacLennan.

Mrs MacLennan, who has published four books for children, spent Wednesday morning (November 6) talking to pupils at the school in Hop Gardens, Henley about how to become an author and illustrator, and the process of writing and publishing a book.

She also held workshops for Key Stage One and reception, where the children had the chance to write their own short story.

Mrs MacLennan, 54, of Earley, said: “The school asked me to come along to talk to the children and inspire them. I go to lots of schools and libraries in the area to talk to children about being an author.

“The kids were really good in the workshops. Even though they are young they are very enthusiastic, I even read to some pre-school children. There are definitely some potential authors and budding illustrators at this school.”

Mrs MacLennan, who was born in Zimbabwe and moved to England as a child, brought along a selection of her books to show the pupils, including her latest work, Bunny Bunny Catkin, which was shortlisted for the V&A Book Illustration Awards in 2012. The whole school also joined in a reading of Halloween-themed story Spooky Spooky Spooky!

Joanna Basher, literacy co-ordinator at the school, said: “We invited Cathy as she is a local author and I have read and enjoyed her books. It’s been a really successful morning.

“I’ve been really pleased with what the children have done in the workshops, it’s given them a chance to create their own stories. They have really enjoyed the activities.”

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