Author visits

The King Edward’s School Library organises an author visit each year, specifically for junior schools to attend.

Matt Dickinson

This year, we are delighted that award-winning novelist Matt Dickinson will be joining us to talk about his climb to reach the summit of Everest on Thursday, 3 October 2019 at 1.15pm in the Ruddock Hall.

Matt is a film-maker and writer with an obsession for exploration and mountaineering. By combining these skills, he became one of the first British film-makers to summit Everest via the treacherous north face and return alive. Matt was one of the climbers caught in the 1996 Mount Everest disaster. His high adrenaline adventure stories for children have been published to critical acclaim.

The author visit is aimed at Key Stage 2 pupils and schools are able to register interest for a maximum of one class per school.

Previous authors to have visited include Peter Bunzl (The Cogheart Adventures series), Joe Craig (Jimmy Coates series), Markus Alexander (Charlie Keeper series), Caroline Lawrence (The Roman Mysteries series), and Pete Johnson (How to Train Your Parents).

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Feedback from Peter Bunzl's visit in 2018

“Children were buzzing afterwards. Some were inspired to illustrate and some to write while others just wanted to read Bunzl’s books.”

“The children were interested to hear about how Peter Bunzl collected his ideas for his stories. It also gave them an opportunity to find out about different careers, such as costume designer, cartoon animator, author and publisher.”

“It was a brilliant opportunity to see that books are written by ordinary people. The children were inspired to put themselves in an author’s shoes, understanding how a range of things can inspire a story and that determination is needed to accomplish great things.”

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