Novel lesson for pupils

Author Julie Hearne talks to pupils at Chantry Middle School..
Author Julie Hearne talks to pupils at Chantry Middle School..

YOUNG bookworms were given a unique insight into the life of an author in a special session at a Morpeth school.

Gifted pupils from the recently-formed Three Rivers Federation, comprising Newminster, Chantry and King Edward VI schools, played host to novelist Julie Hearn.

The writer was invited to discuss her work by Newminster students after they read her novel Rowan the Strange when they shadowed the Carnegie Medal shortlist last summer.

Classes in all three schools have been studying Julie’s work over the past term and Key Stage 3 students were given the chance to attend a masterclass with the author herself.

Using the theme of Every Picture Tells A Story, Julie explained how objects and images have inspired her six novels, and demonstrated with examples of her own work how to crank up the tension through descriptions.

She also stimulated discussion about the messages that book covers send out to readers, and pupils were surprised to learn that authors often have no say in their design.

The session took place at Chantry Middle School.