Well known children’s authors Eoin Colfer, Paul Geraghty and Alex Scarrow have all recently visited ACS Egham International School to deliver inspirational literary workshops. The workshops were aimed at giving students a deeper insight into the life of an author, and inspire them in their own literary endeavors.
Eoin Colfer, author of the internationally renowned Artemis Fowl series, delivered a Victorian Music Hall themed workshop to students aged 10 to14. The highly original session included a performance by two actors, plus poetry readings, and an insight into Colfer’s new book, ‘Warp and the Reluctant Assassin’. The visit combined drama and literature in a way few other authors attempt on school visits.
Paul Geraghty, author and illustrator of over ten children’s books, gave students aged 4 to 9 a chance to watch his illustration skills, encouraging them to develop their own technique. Students learnt how a story idea develops from a picture to a whole book, and gained insights into the different artwork and publishing processes for authors and illustrators.
Two illustrations Paul created on the day will be hung in the lower school library and reception area of the Lower School. Illustrations are from his stories, ‘Dinosaurs in Danger’ and ‘The Steamy swamp’.
Suzanne McCluskey, Lower School Teacher Librarian at ACS Egham, commented on the authors visits:
“Having writers of Paul Geraghty’s calibre visit our students was wonderful. It was great to see our students engaged, excited and eager to learn as much as they could from him.”
Author of the ‘Time Raiders Series’ and ‘Ellie Quin’ series’, Alex Scarrow, visited ACS Egham to deliver a workshop for students aged 11 to 15. The workshop centered on the craft of writing and how Alex Scarrow has managed to become a successful writer.