Award-Winning Writers Visit Kimbolton
Author Geraldine McCraughean and performance poet Luke Wright inspire Senior School pupils to get creative.
Award-winning author Geraldine McCaughrean shared her passion for books and writing with pupils and staff when she visited our Senior School last week. Meeting her was a real treat for all those who enjoyed her novel The Middle of Nowhere, this year’s School Summer Read. McCaughrean, who has penned more than 170 books, gave pupils a fascinating insight into her work during assembly, before meeting our Kimbookworms and A Level English students.
She shared that her love of books comes from childhood as, being very shy and timid, it was the one place she could be brave and daring. Having the chance to invent her own world and have adventures there meant she could make things turn out how she wanted.
Her message to pupils was: “Use your imagination; it needs exercising just as any muscle does. Daydreaming is important!” And of course she encouraged everyone to continue reading; stepping inside the skin of someone else and seeing the world through their eyes is a vital part of being human.
Earlier this month we also welcomed poet Luke Wright to join us for assembly and a series of Lower Sixth Form creative workshops, in celebration of National Poetry Day. Described by The Independent as “one of the funniest and most brilliant poets of his generation”, his witty wordplay held pupils’ spellbound throughout a fast-paced performance of The Toll and Moonstruck. You can listen to The Toll by clicking on the play button, below.