Yes, you heard right. I visited a school earlier this week. And you know what, it was great! I received the lovely invitation from Sara, who had first seen a poster of my Here Lies Love in a shopping centre in my home town. After liking my book, Sara was quick to get in touch. I couldn’t say no.
I have to admit: I didn’t really know what to expect. I had been racking my brain for the past fortnight and writing down every conceivable question that could be asked. But as usual, when I was there, in the presence of so many eager readers, my mind completely ignored my list. Thankfully, I feel I answered every question sufficiently to satisfy the asker.
The book club at the school is fabulously organised and well versed in different genres and formats. When I was at school (which wasn’t that long ago!) we never had a book club, which actively sought the opinion of its student members. Here at The Gainsborough Academy, every girl (sadly no boy members) had an opinion on various books. Some disagreed with each other, but that was fantastic to see. Teenagers engaged in democratic debate of what made a book great, bad, boring, exciting.
I may be a small time author, but I hope they got some enjoyment from my visit. They each had their own copy of Here Lies Love – I signed them too! Go me! Other schools should take note, because being enthusiastic about children and teenagers reading only promotes books, even books which they discover to be not as good as they hoped. I have no doubt in my mind that this bunch of readers will continue their reading excitement and take it with them into adulthood, no matter if it is a kindle book or a paperback.