Author, illustrator and animator, Curtis Jobling, recently visited Saint Paul’s Catholic High School in Wythenshawe where he spoke to a group of pupils 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 pupils 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 introduced his brand new book Haunt: Dead Scared.
“The pupils listened whilst Curtis explained about the work he has done and more about the Wereworld series, he also read from one of his books,” explained Ms Irena Savova, the school librarian. “Curtis encouraged the students to explore their creative side and encouraged any aspiring writers to, ‘Read, Read, Read!’ Curtis was able to share ideas and give tips on how they could improve their writing.”
“As well as talking about the Wereworld 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,” said Ms Maria Evans, Head of English. “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!” One pupil said: “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. I liked the author; he was funny, imaginative and friendly!”
“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,” commented Mrs Fiona Minshall, Head Teacher at Saint Paul’s. “The experience of having an author visit the school is one of the valuable gifts we can offer our pupils. It brings to life the magic of books and the joy of reading in a very special way.”
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