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Meeting children’s author, Katherine Rundell


This year the Henley Children’s Festival, which runs from Saturday 26th September to Sunday 4th October, has moved online and is offering up to 40 events in which children can participate.  As part of the Festival, Year 5 were very excited to take part in a Virtual Talk today with the author Katherine Rundell.  Katherine Rundell is the author of ‘Rooftoppers’, which in 2014 won both the overall Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and the Blue Peter Book Award for Best Story, and was short-listed for the Carnegie Medal. She has also written ‘Wolf Wilder’ and most recently, ‘The Good Thieves’.   Katherine Rundell gave a very inspiring talk with plenty of tips to help the girls with their own gathering of ideas, planning processes and editing.  Katherine has also recently launched ‘A Book of Hope’ containing inspiring stories and poems by 110 authors and a free version can currently be accessed on the National Literacy Trust’s website.

On Wednesday, Year 3 and 4 will be treated to a virtual session with Leila Rasheed talking about her book, ‘Empires End: A Roman Story’ (the latest book in the VOICES series). Finally, on Thursday, Year 6 will participate in a virtual talk and Q & A session with Chris Riddell (author of The Ottoline Series and co-author of the Edge Chronicles).

Despite not being able to invite authors physically into School, the virtual sessions have provided a wonderful opportunity to still interact with authors and find out about their writing processes and how they have achieved their ambitions.

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