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Authors bring books to life during Reading Week

World Book Day was celebrated in the Havering Sixth Form College Library with talks by three authors, a literacy competition and the chance to sign up for the student Book Club.

The event – called Reading Week @ The Library – ran from March 5th to March 9th and included talks and workshops by authors of different genres as well as a Creative Writing Competition.

On Monday, author Catherine Johnson spoke to students about her life as a novelist and screenwriter. Her books, mainly historical novels for young adults, include The Curious Tale of The Lady Caraboo, Sawbones and Brave New Girl. Her film and TV work includes Bullet Boy, Rough Crossings and Holby City and she often gives workshops in creative writing to students in schools. She said: “As a bit of a school failure myself I have found ways to make writing accessible and interesting and I like to show people ways of getting their own stories out there.”

On Tuesday, Richy K. Chandler, a comic creator and graphic novelist held workshops with students on the Creative Media Production (Gaming) BTEC Diploma course. Tutor Chris Kettle-Frisby said his students thoroughly enjoyed the sessions and found Richy very entertaining.

Mark Blayney, a businessman and author, gave a presentation to BTEC Business students on Wednesday. Mark is author of many books, including Turning Your Business Around and How To Sell Your Business for the Price You Want. He gave an interactive presentation covering many aspects of business, including a personal account of how he managed to survive the recession of 2007.

Librarian Gemma Osborn said: “The Reading Week went really well. The authors gave students lots of information about their particular specialisms which complemented their courses and we also had a lot of interest in the Book Club.”

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