Visit from Jack Trelawny
Pictures. Collecting pictures and images is the key message pupils in Years 2 to 6 received this week when they were visited by children's author Jack Trelawny. Jack has written six novels in the Kernowland in Erthwurld series for children. He is currently writing another series, Thirteen Things, which is inspired by the joint BBC and British Museum radio podcast project A History of the World in 100 Objects.
Jack ran a wonderful workshop for the children, sharing some of the inspirational and weird and wonderful pictures he has collected over the years. The children learnt how he stores the pictures and then revisits them whilst writing his stories to help inspire characters. He also collects names and places he visits. These often end up in his writing. For instance, his Kernowland series is set on a fictional land based on Cornwall – Kernow being the Cornish word for Cornwall and the land itself sharing a number of geographical features with the county.
The children thoroughly enjoyed this opportunity to learn from a real author how to write a fantastic story. The session ended with Jack signing books for the children, many of whom have been inspired to write about their own fictional land and characters.