Most of the schools I visit are primary schools. I love them, but I love visiting secondary schools too, and I'm always very glad to be invited to one. So I'd like to say an extra-big thank you to the brilliant Hannah Thomson and Foxford School, who I had the enormous pleasure of visiting this week!
I met some outstanding readers and writers at Foxford, mainly from Years 7 and 8, but also some in later years including Year 11, which was fantastic. There were also some visitors from Holbrook Primary School and Grangehurst Primary School, mainly from Year 6. We talked about Varjak Paw and Phoenix, and the process of becoming a writer.
I was asked lots of great questions, including one about the ending of Phoenix which made me really happy, as the ending was something that took a long time to get right. It was an absolute pleasure at the end of the day to sign copies of Phoenix for students, and on their way out, a lot of people told me how inspired they felt by the visit. All I can say is that I felt exactly the same – so thank you to everyone who made it such an inspiring day!