Year 7 enjoyed a talk from Lissa Evans, author of Small Change for Stuart and Wed Wabbit. Lissa told the students how her ambitions to be an athlete or an artist were overtaken by her (more realistic) ambition to be an author. She said that she took inspiration from key incidents in her own life – moving house and school aged ten – or books that she'd read, including a children's library book about Victorian magicians that she used years later in the plot of Small Change. Students asked excellent questions, for example, how do you make a short story into a novel? Lissa suggested use multiple characters and viewpoints to build a bigger story.
We enjoyed hearing Lissa read from Wed Wabbit, and we are now all keen to read this witty and wise book for ourselves. It was also an inspiring day for our young writers. Some students purchased signed copies, and had a word with Lissa. We always enjoy being reminded that books and stories come from someone's imagination. Thank you to Lissa Evans for visiting, and to Muswell Hill Children's Bookshop for supplying books for the sale.