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LRC News: 'Young Bond' author visit and Fan Fiction Book Awards trip

This week, author Steve Cole visited Hayesbrook and a group of students participated at the Fan Fiction Book Awards.

Steve delivered a talk to our KS3 students about his work as an author, specifically on the 'Young Bond' series of books. Steve covered some aspects of life as an author, including all the research behind the books. He focussed on the research he had to undertake about 1920s and 1930s technology. Inventions such as the baby cage, sun ray therapy and a multifunctional bike for all the family (including Mum and her sewing machine), had the students gripped.

Students who purchased a copy of Steve’s books were lucky enough to have them personalised and signed by him at the end of the afternoon.

Later that evening, Mrs Bolton and Miss McDonald were fortunate enough to take a small group of Hayesbrook students to the Fan Fiction Book Awards held in the theatre at Kent College, Pembury.

Students who attend the LRC Book Club every Thursday lunchtime have been reading the shortlisted books from these awards since November 2016 and all got the opportunity to vote for their favourite titles in both the Teen Read and the Young Adult sections.

The awards ceremony itself was a fun packed evening including films of book trailers shot by students from many of the participating schools, a fancy dress competition, talks by two authors, Natasha Farrant (Lydia: The Wild Child of Pride and Prejudice) and Steve Cole (Shoot to Kill : Young Bond). Students were able to pose questions to both authors during an animated Q&A session.

Our students were an absolute credit to the school and it was fantastic to see some of their work in publication. Charlie’s short story based on the novel Splintered was on display with many people reading it. Also special mention to Wilson, Mehtar and Liam – all of them had book reviews published in the programme for the event.