Author, illustrator and animator, Curtis Jobling, recently visited Saint Paul’s where he spoke to a group of Year 7 students about his writing, his style and the inspiration for his ideas.
Curtis is well known for being the creator of the multi-award winning TV show Bob the Builder and Raa Raa the Noisy Lion and is also the writer of the acclaimed Wereworld series of young adult fantasy novels and several books for younger children.
Curtis spoke to the students about the globally-successful Wereworld series, which feature young werewolf Drew Ferren and his adventures as he battles werecreatures, Catlords – and struggles to control the beast within… He also spoke about Max Helsing: Monster Hunter, the first book in a new thrilling, chilling fantasy series just published this month.
When asked why reading is important, Curtis said: “When you read a book, you have to use your imagination, whereas in a film all the imagining has been done for you making you a passenger on somebody else’s vision.”
“Curtis talked to the students about his love of books and writing, and about what life is like to be an award-winning author,” explained Ms Irena Savova, the school librarian. “He told them all about the Wereworld series and his new Monster Hunter series and then he read from his new book, Max Helsing: Monster Hunter. Curtis encouraged the students to explore their creative side and said that any aspiring writers should ‘Read, Read, Read!’. He was able to share ideas and give tips on how they could improve their writing.”
“As well as talking about the Wereworld and Monster Hunter series, Curtis explained how he created Bob the Builder and demonstrated his drawings. He has also been involved in the Wallace and Gromit films- we were all very impressed.”
One student said: “I liked the author; he was funny, imaginative and friendly, I enjoyed every second of the time when Curtis was there. I had the chance to chat with him and bought a book which he personally signed and dedicated.”
“We are always looking for new ways to promote literacy and reading for pleasure. By giving our students the opportunity to work with high profile authors we are trying to ensure that each and every child leaves us with a lifelong love of reading,” commented Mr Tony Billings, Head Teacher at Saint Paul’s. “It was a pleasure to welcome Curtis to the school for what was a fascinating and inspiring session. I was delighted by the interest shown by our pupils about Curtis’s books. The visit has inspired our pupils to want to read, write, and learn more about the process of writing. The experience of having an author visit the school is one of the valuable gifts we can offer our pupils.”