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Lara Williamson, award-winning children’s author, visits Bishop Challoner School

Local author Lara Williamson inspired Bishop Challoner pupils in Year 5 when she spoke about her new book ‘Just Call Me Spaghetti-Hoop Boy’ published by Usborne.

Lara, a Blue Peter Awards shortlisted author, visited Year 5 to talk about writing. She told pupils about the places that inspired her writing and how useful it was to keep a small notebook or journal to jot any observations or good ideas down. She advised pupils to be observant and always ‘dig a little deeper’! When Lara was younger she used to walk her dog to a graveyard because she thought it was a peaceful place and she used to like making up stories about the dead peoples’ lives. This was probably what helped her later on!

Lara has always kept a diary since she was aged 10 and she even had the diaries of when she first started dating! Ssh!  Her latest book ‘Just Call Me Spaghetti-Hoop Boy’ is about Adam Butters, whose real mum called him ACE and now he’s just got to prove to the world that's what he is. One mission at a time...

Some of the ideas for this book have come from her very own diaries. Lara also said that she had always read a lot to gather ideas and earwigged the conversations of others around her! She always listened very carefully to the conversations of gossiping friends and neighbours when her aunt held tea parties whilst she was little and growing up in Ireland.

Lara said that we should never worry if we are asked to write something and our minds go blank. She often panics when she sees the BLANK page! Sometimes it takes several cups of tea and lots of biscuits and after much editing and rewriting she still only ends up with one sentence that she is happy with!

Lara, whose daughter Millie is at the school, really encouraged the class to PERSEVERE with their dreams and said that she had many rejections with her manuscripts before she became a bestselling author with books now published in many languages worldwide.

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