Last week, pupils at North Somercotes CE Primary School were visited by children’s fantasy author Abi Elphinstone, who wrote the critically acclaimed novel The Dream Snatcher.
Abi took the trip from London to provide the children with a rare glimpse into the world of the modern day author, sharing tales of her research adventures in Mongolia as well as explaining where she gets her ideas from.With an assortment of props and a multitude of humorous anecdotes the children were gripped from start to finish – some even managed to bag a signed copy of the book while they were at it.
Mr Lucas, Year Six teacher at North Somercotes and organiser of the event, said:
“This was a great opportunity for the children to finally meet the person behind the novel.
“Not only was Abi great at enthusing the children about writing, but she was also able to pass on a superb message, telling the children that, ‘You don’t have to be super intelligent or great at maths to become an author. Writing isn’t about grades and good exams. You just need to get out there and have adventures. Build dens, spend time outdoors, and who knows, one day those memories could end up in a novel too.’
Year Six pupil William Howard said: “It was great to see a real life author and hear where she gets her ideas from. Abi was not how I imagined authors to be. She was funny and lively and has been to some amazing places. It has made me think about writing in the future.”