Local children's author Julian Sedgewick inspires Ely College students as part of World Book Day celebrations

PUBLISHED: 06:30 03 March 2017

Local children’s author Julian Sedgewick, who is renowned for his Mysterium books, gave students at Ely College tips on how they can improve their writing skills. PHOTO: Supplied.

Local children's author Julian Sedgewick, who is renowned for his Mysterium books, gave students at Ely College tips on how they can improve their writing skills. PHOTO: Supplied.

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Local children's author Julian Sedgewick, who is renowned for his Mysterium books, gave students at Ely College tips on how they can improve their writing skills.

Local children?s author Julian Sedgewick, who is renowned for his Mysterium books, gave students at Ely College tips on how they can improve their writing skills. PHOTO: Supplied.Local children?s author Julian Sedgewick, who is renowned for his Mysterium books, gave students at Ely College tips on how they can improve their writing skills. PHOTO: Supplied.

During his visit the author shared snippets of his stories and led a workshop for Year 7 students which taught them the skills needed to create an exciting story.

He said: “My longstanding relationship with Ely College started with the education of my two sons and has continued with successive visits for World Book Day.

“In a world that is becoming ever more divided and stressful, reading is more and more important – both as a form of escape, but also as a way to find out about other lives and worlds.

“Meeting students is always fun, and if a visit can stimulate even one child into reading then the day is a success from my point of view. “Events such as World Book Day – and the Ely 501 competition, in which I am involved for its third year – are vital for encouraging reading and writing.”

Anne Shaw, learning resource centre manager, said: “Julian’s talk had the whole of Year 7 buzzing. Excitement, reading and cake, what more could you ask for.”

After Julian’s workshop, students received a £1 World Book Day token.

During lunchtime the College Reading Group also raised £61.50 for the Teenage Cancer Trust by transforming the Learning Resource Centre into a Book Café, where they served drinks and homemade cakes made by the students.

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