On Tuesday 21st of May, the author Matt Brown came into the school to give a talk to the pupils of Year 4 and class 3G.
Matt Brown worked in radio and television as a presenter before becoming an author. So far, he has written three books in the ‘Compton Valance’ series and is currently working on a series following the adventures of the pupils attending Dreary Inkling School.
The latest book in the Dreary Inkling School series, ‘Mutant Zombies Cursed My School Trip’, was the main focus of the talk he gave the pupils of The Oaks Primary School. Taking place in the main hall of the school, the author also gave the pupils a few useful tips about writing their own stories, including how to easily and quickly come up with character names by combining the name of their pet with the street they lived on. The pupils seemed particularly enthusiastic about this and took great delight in sharing the names they came up with. At one point, the author asked the pupils about the typical rules associated with supernatural creatures such as vampires and zombies and how they can be broken in order to create an interesting story. The pupils engaged well with this activity and came up with many creative suggestions. The author was interesting and easily kept the attention of the pupils throughout his talk as he explained how he often used the punchlines of jokes to help with the process of writing his books. At one point, the author performed a magic trick with numbers which, even though it involved maths, engaged the pupils who all joined in and shouted out the number they were thinking of when the author asked them to. The author finished off the talk by reading a few extracts from his book, ‘Mutant Zombies Cursed My School Trip’, before answering any questions the pupils might have about the book or about the actual craft of writing. Hopefully, by the sounds of some of the questions, a few of the pupils may end up being inspired to write their own stories.
Afterwards, the author signed copies of his book in the library for those children who wished to buy one.