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Young authors at Leighfield Primary can pen their own books

Author Benjamin Scott with pupils from left, back, Owen Ramage, nine, Leilani Tolliday, nine, Zoe Payne, eight, and Oliver Clarke, eight. Front, Ethan Buxton, nine, Benjamin Scott and Emily Luker, nine

Author Benjamin Scott with pupils from left, back, Owen Ramage, nine, Leilani Tolliday, nine, Zoe Payne, eight, and Oliver Clarke, eight. Front, Ethan Buxton, nine, Benjamin Scott and Emily Luker, nine

Budding authors spent a week honing their writing skills, ready to produce their very own books.

Pupils at Leighfield Primary, in Uppingham, worked with children’s books author Benjamin Scott, learning all about how to write their own novels.

All 210 four to 11 year olds, were encouraged to come up with their own ideas for a 16-page story with illustrations, which they will produce by themselves.

Mr Scott said the aim of the project was to “instil a love of reading and writing” among children.

He added: “The children were brilliant. They had lots of ideas of their own for the books they would write including aliens and horses.”

Head teacher of Leighfield Debbie Sedgwick said: “The children were very inspired by Benjamin Scott and seemed to enjoy the writing sessions.”

The Author in Residence project was funded by the Windmill House Trust, which was started in Uppingham.

The Trust provides grants through educational organisations in the Uppingham area to support cultural activities for children aged three to 12 years.

 

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