On Friday 24 September, nineteen students from Truro School Book Club attended the North Cornwall Book Festival. It takes place on the grounds of St Endellion Church, which is a lovely backdrop to the literary discussions.
The pupils were treated to three inspiring, energetic and hilarious workshops by leading writers.
Christopher William Hill, an accomplished playwright and radio dramatist, who has written for the National Theatre Connections festival and for BBC Radio 4, led the first session. The students learnt about characterisation, structuring a play, and what drives a plot.
The pupils then had a wonderful session with Matt Abbott – a Yorkshire-based poet, educator and activist, and author of the hugely popular poetry collection “A Hurricane in my Head”. The pupils learnt how to create a ‘poetry takeaway’, and under Matt’s creative guidance devised brilliant poems.
Joff Winterhart, a Bristol based comic book writer and author of the Costa Award shortlisted Days of the Bagnold Summer, led the final session. Amidst much mirth and hilarity, the pupils designed and created their own comic book character.
All the writers and volunteers commented on how talented, creative and polite Truro School pupils were.
Thank you to Miss Husband and Ms Selvey for organising the trip.
Photos © Helena Cooke for the North Cornwall Book Festival