On the morning of Thursday 29th June, we had the pleasure of welcoming Frank Cottrell-Boyce to school. As well as being Professor of Reading and Communication at Liverpool Hope University, Frank is a well-known children’s author and screenwriter.
While in school, Frank ran a writing workshop for a group of our Y5 and Y6 children. The theme of the workshop was: ‘Wouldn’t it be great if….’ and the children came up with some amazing ideas, such as: ‘Wouldn’t it be great if I could read people’s minds?’ ‘Wouldn’t it be great if I could shape-shift into any animal?’ and ‘Wouldn’t it be great if I could travel back in time?’ After thinking of their initial ideas, the children had to think about the problems that such powers would create – and craft their story from there.
At the end of the morning, members of Drama and Theatre Club had the opportunity to ask Frank some questions. Children found out what it was that inspired Frank to become a writer – and how nuns and daleks played a part in this. We are very grateful to Katharine O’Neill at Liverpool Hope University for introducing us to Frank – and we extend our thanks to Frank for taking the time to visit Malvern.