Author holds virtual workshop with Magnus C of E Academy students

Each year 7 student received book as a Christmas gift from Magnus

Magnus Church of England Academy Year 7 students enjoyed a virtual workshop with author Thomas Taylor and received a copy of his book as a seasonal gift from Magnus C of E Academy.

Writer and illustrator of many children’s books including recent works, Malamander and its sequel Gargantis, Mr Taylor said workshops to encourage reading were a valuable way to encourage a lifelong skill in students. He said, “I am delighted to be invited to ‘Zoom’ into the Magnus Academy to present my book Malamander to Year 7 as they break up for Christmas.

“I have a few surprising beach-combing finds to share with them, to explain the inspiration behind my magical story, which is set in the fictional seaside town of Eerie-on-Sea.”

In a surprise at the close of the workshop every year 7 student was gifted a copy of Malamander by Magnus C of E Academy.

Mr Taylor said, “I am thrilled and honoured that Magnus have chosen Malamander as a gift for their Year 7s. I really hope the children enjoy the adventure and find inspiration too – perhaps to write stories themselves, or maybe even to venture out to the seaside in winter and hunt for treasures of their own.”

Heather Jackson, Learning Resource Centre Manager at Magnus C of E Academy said, “We have gifted a book to our Y7 students for a few years now, and we were keen that this year should be no different. We were so pleased that Thomas could join us via Zoom to talk to Y7 about his book Malamander and answer any questions they had for him. It’s so important that our students get the opportunity to hear from an author, to understand the inspiration for a book, and see where that creativity stems from. We hope it will inspire them to read the book over the Christmas break and encourage them to put pen to paper and write their own stories.”