On Thursday, we celebrated the start of our annual Book Week with a visit from acclaimed children’s author Vivian French, MBE. Pupils were joined by over 150 friends from 6 local primary schools (Sheringham, The Belfry, Gresham Village, St. Mary’s Roughton, Northrepps and Sidestrand), as they were told to think of themselves as already being authors.

Vivian grew up in a boarding school where her father was the Headmaster and, after a time as an actress and storyteller, she discovered a talent for writing. Since then she has written nearly three hundred books. She told the children, however, that anyone who writes a story is an author.

Her audience were spellbound as she explained how she chooses words, where her ideas come from and how her childhood dislike of her younger brother led to her first book about pigs! It was a thoroughly enjoyable morning and the children were eager to ask her questions about her life and work.

This was the first of many planned for the school’s Book Week which include dressing up as your favourite character, a murder mystery evening in the Library, author visits, ‘Read to Feed’ and a host of activities exploring, and reinforcing, the importance of reading for pleasure.