Author of the ‘Demon Headmaster’ series visits saltash.net

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Gillian Cross, renowned author of the famous Demon Headmaster series, visited saltash.net community school last month to work with students.

Gillian led workshops with two different groups on 27 May, with students from Years 7, 8 and 9 taking part.

Gillian was invited to the school by library manager, Matt Coot, who, along with the English department, chose students who had shown a particular interest in reading and creative writing to take part in the event.

Students were asked to help Gillian create a story focusing on a “Demon Headmistress”, who controlled children at school, as the title character of her famous books did.

Gillian later tweeted how impressed she was with the students and their efforts.

She said: “I enjoyed working with the students. There were some great monster Headmistress stories!”

Local bookshop, The Bookshelf, was invited to sell copies of Gillian’s books in the library at lunch time, and the author was on hand to sign and talk about the books with the eager customers (both students and staff!).

Mr. Coot was delighted at how successful the event was.

He said: “When I was growing up, I loved reading the Demon Headmaster and Gillian inspired me to become a writer. Meeting her at the Kernow Youth Book Awards (KYBA) last year seemed like a perfect opportunity to invite her into the school to inspire a new generation of writers at saltash.net.

The event was superb! Gillian used our current situation of Mrs Bryce retiring to inspire the students into creating their own ideas of a Monster Headteacher taking over the school – not that we’re expecting that to happen in reality! It was a fantastic event enjoyed by the students and a few members of staff, who grew up loving Gillian’s books.”

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