Published on 19/05/23
In collaboration with the English Department, the Senior School Library was honoured to be visited by prize-winning author Simon James Green for World Book Day, who spent time talking with our Year 9 cohort about his work and why it is crucial for students to be able to enjoy the gift of reading for pleasure.
Our Year 9s were enraptured by Simon’s thoughtful yet enthusiastic approach in the engagement of literature through the rhythm of emojis, which our staff and students responded as being ‘entertaining and engaging’ in the way in which the narrative plot-lines of Simon’s books could be approached, in addition to making his books appear more ‘interactive’ for those students who may have not come across his books before.
Tying in with LGBT History Month, Simon’s overarching message of positive representation, diverse inclusivity in the broad market of young adult literature, and his insightful glimpse into the world of publishing, inspired our students to learn more about his books, with some of our students later commenting that they ‘felt encouraged to write more… and to read some of his books!’
Overall, Simon’s visit to the Senior School was a resounding success with our Year 9 students, and students on the whole felt encouraged to visit the Senior Library to speak to Simon and to enhance their reading experiences with a broad range of signed books to select from to take home.