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01 October 2018

On 24th September, we were delighted to welcome, award-winning British illustrator and writer of children’s books, Chris Riddell.

Chris visited the School for our Inspiring Talks Series, in conjunction with Linghams of Heswall, as part of his book tour to promote the new edition to his fantastic series ‘Goth Girl’ as well as his books ‘One Upon a Wild Wood’ and ‘Poems to Live Your Life By’.

As Children’s Laureate from 2015-2017 and political cartoonist for the Observer, Chris gave an incredibly fascinating and inspiring talk which saw him answering students’ questions via drawings. His accounts of childhood, inspiration, his favourite books and how he was first published all came to life on the screen, with the help of a visualiser, in front of a mesmerised audience.

With the signed drawings then being given out to the students who’d asked the question, this was a very special visit that truly inspired all students, many of whom bringing in sketchbooks the next day to start their own collection of drawings.

Chris also spoke about the upcoming J. K. Rowling book, ‘The Tales of Beedle the Bard’, for which he has created the immersive illustrations.

As part of our Community Outreach Programme, other local schools were invited to attend the talk and to watch a true artist at work, creating incredible scenes in moments.

Our English Enrichment Programme has seen many authors visit to speak with students, including Sir Tony Robinson, Clare Balding, Robin Stevens, Mark Powers and Dave Rudden.

Upcoming Inspiring Talk events at the School include Jeffrey Archer on 29th October and Kate Humble on 20th November. For more information on booking tickets for these events, please visit our Upcoming Events page.