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03.04.19 - Author Meet and Greet Inspires Creativity at Ockbrook School

Top tips for writing and favourite books were just some of the topics of conversation between students and award-nominated authors Hayley Long and Tamsin Winter during a recent meet and greet.

Organised by our friends at Nottinghamshire’s Education Library Service, we enjoyed listening to presentations from the authors, a face-to-face Q&A and even had our books signed. All before posing for photographs.

“How did I become a writer? First of all, I became a reader,” Hayley explained.

Catherine Purcell is Ockbrook School’s librarian: “Both authors were entertaining and inspiring; from top tips for writing to favourite books, sharing the trials and tribulations of the initial idea to published novel. The Q&A sessions also offered a fantastic opportunity for our Book Club to get an insight into the wonderful life of an author.”

Hayley Long is an English author best known for her teen fiction. Her most recent book, ‘The Nearest Faraway Place’, is shortlisted in the Nottinghamshire Brilliant Book Awards and has been well received by our Book Club.

Tamsin Winter is a fresh, funny and moving voice for children aged 10+. In 2015, she was a finalist of the Emirates Festival of Literature writing prize. Tamsin’s award-winning novel ‘Being Miss Nobody’ has been chosen as one of the Reading Agency’s Books of the Year, was nominated for the 2018 Carnegie Medal and has recently been shortlisted for the Awesome Book Awards.

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