To celebrate World Book Day, students at Charters School in Sunningdale were treated to a week of book related events.

On Tuesday 5th March the girls in Year 9 welcomed Holly Bourne, whose latest book, ‘Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes?’ was published last summer. Her books for young adults touch on the frailties of mental health and the pressures often experienced by females in the modern world.

Holly opened her talk by telling the girls that it is usually around Year 9 that people stop reading for pleasure, but that she was visiting to remind everyone about the time when reading was fun! She spoke of her desire to write books which she hoped would make people feel less alone and pondered if mental health could be preventable if we lived in a kinder world.

On Thursday 7th March the school’s Year 7 students met the author and screenwriter Andy Briggs who writes the and novels. Andy spoke to the students for an hour about his love of writing and how he believes he has ‘the coolest job in the world’.

After the talk, Andy said, “As a writer it’s very easy to feel disconnected from your audience. I enjoy visiting schools as it connects me with those who read my books and it’s actually a great way to find out what excites this age group.”

On Friday 8 March, teachers at Charters School dressed as characters from the books they loved to read as children.

Miss Fay Brennan, who organised the week’s events said, ‘Loving to read is so much more important than simply doing well in school. Books transport us to new worlds, introduce us to new characters and allow us to experience situations outside of our own lives. Books can entertain and inspire us, and we hope that we have done both this week. We have been incredibly lucky to celebrated World Book Day with two brilliant authors.’

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