Aspiring Hucknall writers giving insight into publishing

.Pupils at National school  George Ridgard and Olivia Hyde talk to author Paula Rawsthorne at a workshop
.Pupils at National school George Ridgard and Olivia Hyde talk to author Paula Rawsthorne at a workshop

ASPIRING young writers were given an insight into the world of publishing during a visit by a Nottingham author to a school in Hucknall.

The special guest at National Church Of England Academy was Paula Rawsthorne, who chatted to and worked with 11-to-14-year-olds.

Paula, who is a former social worker, has received rave reviews for her first published novel, which is entitled ‘The Truth About Celia Frost’.

It is a story of mystery that follows the life of a 14-year-old girl who suffers from a rare blood disorder that means she could die from the slightest of cuts.

But after facing a knife attack, she finds herself on the run with her mother, amid the backdrop of secrets about her family unravelling as the fast-paced story develops.

The tale is specifically written for secondary-school children.

Initially, Paula’s visit to the academy was aimed at promoting the book. But on hearing about some of the talented writers at the school, she held a workshop too.

Each of the 37 students who took part was challenged to come up with a piece of creative writing inspired by ‘The Truth About Celia Frost’.

The work will be used to launch a special student webpage, focused on writing, through the school’s website.

Shaun Veasey, head of English at National Academy, said: “The book is very gripping and has been nominated for two children’s fiction awards. We were delighted to have Paula in school and working with the pupils.

“The event was a real success and we had some marvellous feedback. When it came to the writing challenge, we really put the emphasis on creativity and left it down to the students.

“They absolutely loved having a professional writer to work with. Someone who could show them a few tricks of the trade.”

OUR PHOTO shows author Paula Rawsthorne chatting to a couple of the National students, George Ridgard and Olivia Hyde during her visit to the school — DISPIC NHUD11-3382-1.