World Book Day 2013

11 Mar 2013 - 3:06pm
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Author Alexander Gordon Smith spent the day at Ernest Bevin College as part of the school's World Book Day celebrations. Smith, who writes horror stories for young people, told boys that reading is as important as it gets. "World Book Day is perfect: it is a reminder to young people that reading is the best education you can get," Gordon told boys.

 

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He encouraged the boys to consider writing: "Writing is the best job in the world because I love to tell stories. I wrote my first book when I was six-years old. It was about monsters and I wanted it to be scary so that it provoked a reaction."

Gordon went on to regale the boys with stories of how he carried out research for his books including attempting to spend the night in a haunted house at the age of 11 and making a model of the prison guards known as Wheezers that feature in his Furnace series of books. He encouraged boys if they hadn't tried writing to give it a go as everyone has lived a unique life and can draw upon their own experiences.

Gordon went on to say how much he enjoyed visiting schools in Wandsworth because students know his books through the FAB Book Awards run by the borough's school librarians, whereby students get to vote for their favourite books each year. Gordon whose books have made it to the shortlist of the awards a number of times, is a frequent and popular visitor to the awards ceremony which is held at the end of March each year.

Boys at the school have also been taking part in Library quizzes and special activities as part of the World Book Day celebrations this year.

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