Oswestry School pupils in Year 8 enjoyed a real treat when award winning children’s author, Kiran Millwood Hargrave, dropped in to talk about how she writes books and to guide a creative writing workshop.
In an interesting presentation Kiran explained to pupils how she ‘maps out’ her writing and the journey she takes from initial idea to fully formed story. Kiran particularly spoke about her first children’s book, The Girl of Ink and Stars.
This first novel was Winner of the Waterstones Children’s Prize 2017 and the British Book Awards Children’s Book of the Year, a Financial Times Book of the Year, twice-Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month, nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Award, shortlisted for the Jhalak Prize and the Branford Boase Award.
Having talked about her children’s books, and how excited she is for the launch of her first foray into adult fiction with The Mercies, Kiran tasked the pupils to create a map of a story and to think of a main character and their attributes.
Nicola Dyke, English teacher, commented, “Not only can Kiran captivate audiences in her books, but she kept our pupils enthralled too. Her stories about writing The Girl of Ink and Stars, and the methods she used to help her, really resonated with the children. This workshop was a great opportunity for the pupils to explore their creative writing.”