anne fineOn Thursday 5th February, the Archer welcomed Anne Fine, celebrated author and former Children’s Laureate, to our school to talk to students about writing and her books.

Students have studied the author’s intention and viewpoint whilst analysing themes in ‘The Tulip Touch’, so this was a great opportunity for them to find out what Anne Fine really thought about various issues raised in the book.

Anne talked about her inspiration behind writing and she showed covers of different books whilst trying to encourage students not to ‘judge a book by its cover’!

Students also had the opportunity to ask Anne questions about her books and they thoroughly enjoyed hearing about her inspiration behind writing ‘The Tulip Touch’ during this.

Anne then did a book signing and interview for the school newspaper.

It was a wonderful morning and students seemed to thoroughly enjoy the visit and relished the opportunity to find out more about the life and works of an author they’ve studied.

Anne Fine certainly seemed to enjoy her time at the Archer too; ‘I thought your students were wonderfully engaged and made the talks a really good experience for me. So please do thank them.’

Year 7 students, Michael Eker and Caitlin Whitelock, had this to say about the visit;

‘For an extremely enjoyable hour, the students heard about the basis of writing books and the inspirations behind some of Anne Fine’s best novels, as well as a few hilarious memoirs along the way. All presented in a fantastically witty and funny way. The students also had the privilege of buying a signed book from the author herself. Overall, year 7 and 8 had an amazing time! ‘

Coming soon

On Tuesday 24th February, award winning children’s author, Sita Brahmachari, will be visiting the Archer Academy to talk to Year 7 students. Year 7 will have a workshop with Sita during their English lessons and will also have the chance to buy and get books signed during break time.

Sita wrote this about her most recent book, ‘Red Leaves’ for the Guardian; ‘The motivation for writing my last book Red Leaves came from finding it increasingly difficult to make sense of some of the great divides that exist in the world today… refugee experience, religious difference, intolerance and conflict, homelessness, the war in Syria… I thought if I find all this so difficult to understand how do children and young people view our increasingly fractured world?’

I think Year 7 can look forward to an interesting and thought provoking morning!

Liz Victor

Head of English