Last Friday I paid a visit to Lochyside RC Primary near Fort William, and was met with some of the most enthusiastic kids I’ve ever encountered during my school visits. It was great to hear that so many of them were keen readers. Even better, many of them told me that they like to write their own stories outside of school, which is always brilliant for an author to hear.
We kicked off the morning with the two younger classes, and spent a very noisy hour playing story-creating games and creating our own story on the board. It was a fantastic tale of a female superhero, a villain made of pots and pans, a giant flying octopus, and a fart loud enough to blow up the world!
With the older classes I ran my workshop session, explaining some fun ways to create characters, setting and a plot for a story the kids could go on to write. The photo below shows some of the children holding up sketches of their characters, which ranged from a largely inanimate stick to Adolf Hitler’s Dog.
So, a big thanks to the pupils and staff at Lochyside for making me feel so welcome. On Monday I visited another local school and tomorrow I’m getting set to do it all over again. Man I love this job!