Author inspires kids to write own stories

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RESPECTED author Graham Edwards gave youngsters at a Hucknall school an insight into the world of fantasy and fiction during a special workshop.

Dad-of-two Graham visited Hucknall National Primary on Montague Road to work with 60 youngsters.

He kicked things off with a talk about his books, which include the ‘Ultimate Dragon Saga’ and the ’Stone’ trilogies.

A former graphic designer and illustrator before turning to writing in the 1990s, Graham often features dragons as central characters in his books.

He gave a series of top tips on becoming an author before setting the children a literary challenge.

Split into groups of three, they were asked to create parts of an original story entitled ‘Hole In The Hive’, which features an heroic bee called Buzz.

Ultimately, the story will be published on Graham’s website, and each child will receive a printed copy.

Gary Barwell, a teacher at National Primary, said: “The children had a brilliant morning and have now been inspired to write their own animal stories.”

n OUR PHOTO shows Graham with pupils (from left), Back Row: Megan Hart, Alex Beaumont and Eve Tuckwood. Middle Row: Ethan Timmins, Louis Wheeldon and Ellena Upson. Front Row: Austin Bramley, Shauna Ward-Bailey, Rebekah Bettridge and Christopher Haynes.