On Tuesday 8 October, celebrated author Andy Mulligan spent the day at Truro School, not only sharing his stories but also helping the students to write their own.
A former teacher at Truro School, Andy went on to find fame as a writer of teenage fiction – little did staff and students realise they were providing the source material for the characters that colour the pages of his Ribblestrop trilogy. Andy has won numerous awards and accolades for his writing, including being nominated for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize for the second Ribblestrop and winning the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize for the third. His novel Trash, hailed by the Times as “outstanding,” was shortlisted for the 2012 Carnegie Medal and is now being made into a film. With Richard Curtis as the screenwriter and Stephen Daldry the director, production began this month in Rio. Andy flew back from the set earlier this week to tell us how it felt to meet the children who are bringing his characters to life.
Andy was very generous with his time and gave an inspirational creative writing workshop to aspiring authors, both young and old, in the Dodd Library. He later spoke to a large audience in the Burrell Theatre about the art of writing fiction and the process that has seen his words interpreted on screen. Over drinks after the lecture, Andy made himself available for book signing.
Trash and Other Material was our inaugural event in the In Your Write lecture and workshop series. Designed by our team of librarians, we are working to promote and raise the profile of reading and authorship in both Truro School and the local community. Aimed as a series of partnership events, we hope to continue to share these opportunities with local schools and members of the public in the future.
The pictures in the gallery are of some of the parents and pupils that took part in Andy’s workshop. We look forward to reading their books in the future!