Author J D Irwin: Working With Quarry Hill Junior School

HOW to bring a novel alive? That was the question for Quarry Hill Junior School. Simple: Bring the author in to discuss the novel with the students and explain how the whole process works.

J.D.Irwin came in to discuss her latest novel: Edwin Spencer: Mission Improbable. Julie took the students through the writing process and it’s challenges: especially when you are trying to keep the reader interested in your character and keep them gripped.

The students did very well. An author must fear that each question will be faced with blank expressions. Not at Quarry Hill. The students were full of ideas and suggestions.

There is a great creative atmosphere around Quarry Hill Juniors. As we came in, a guitarist was taking his young charges through their paces and the place buzzed with energy and invention.

Novelist Julie clearly enjoyed her time as did the students and the staff.

Literacy Co-ordinator, Sarah Joynes said: “Today we have been able to enthuse the children about reading and writing with the author Julie Irwin visiting Quarry Hill Junior School.

“The Year 4,5 and 6 children have thoroughly enjoyed meeting an author and discovering how books and ideas are developed and eventually published. We look forward to working with her in the future to further develop this enthusiasm.

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