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May 15th 2017

Author Visit Inspires Girls

Author of popular children’s books ‘The Many Worlds of Albie Bright’, ‘Twelve Minutes to Midnight’ and latest novel, ‘The Jamie Drake Equation’, Christopher Edge visited Cobham Hall earlier this term.  With his assertion that “if you can read, you can write”, many girls were inspired to start reading more, as well as trying their hand at creative writing.

As well as introducing his latest novel, Christopher’s talk for Years 7 to 9 focused on his scientific inspiration.  Many of the girls were surprised to get an introduction to quantum physics, complete with a comedic interactive display of the principles behind the famous though-experiment ‘Schrodinger’s Cat’!  It was this theory that led to the ideas featured in ‘The Many Worlds of Albie Bright’.

Years 7 and 8 were further inspired by a creative writing workshop, where opening lines were discussed and dissected.  “We were shown different techniques that could be used to start a story,” Sofia, Year 7, explained, “and, if we were unsure, he was very good at giving advice.”

The event was organised by School Librarian Mrs Jakso, who said afterwards, “I felt his talk was entertaining and the workshop inspired the Year 7 students.”  The girls completed and submitted the writing they started during the workshop for a competition, which will be judged by Head of English Miss West.

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