EastEnders and Casualty script writer Jeff Povey, who has just published his first teen novel visited us recenty and spoke to a group of pupils about his writing, his style and the inspiration for his ideas.
Jeff spoke to the pupils about his script writing, he has written more than 250 broadcast hours for television, and the difference between screen writing and writing a novel.
Jeff said: You need to have stamina and self-belief and not be put off because all your mates are laughing at you for wanting to write when they're all out partying or doing something normal with their time. You say to yourself, I am a writer and I have a story to tell and characters I want you to meet.”
One pupil commented on Shift: “One moment Rev was in a boring detention, and the next there was a massive blinding flash of a light and everyone in the whole world has disappeared. Apart from the people in the detention with her. What should she do? It’s a gripping and captivating book, Jeff Povey has definitely convinced me that there’s something out there which is dangerous!”
“The pupils listened whilst Jeff explained about the script writing he has done and why he decided to write a novel, he also read from his novel, Shift,” explained Ms Irena Savova, the school librarian. “Jeff encouraged the students to explore their creative side and encouraged any aspiring writers to have a go and share their ideas. Following his talk, Jeff personally signed and dedicated books for the pupils.”
“It was a pleasure to welcome Jeff to the school for what was a fascinating and inspiring session,” commented Mrs Fiona Minshall, Head Teacher at Saint Paul’s. “Research shows that when children have actually met and made a personal connection with an author, they are much more inclined to read author’s work and, above all, it inspires their love of books and the written word. I am now looking forward to seeing how they transfer this learning into their creative writing!”