On Thursday 11th October, twelve lucky Upper Threes attended a creative writing day with the author Paul Doweswell.
Lower School pupils joined pupils from the Senior School and visiting schools to listen to Paul talk about his historical fiction writing. The day particularly focused on World War One and Paul showed a range of photographs and images to accompany his talk. Paul also discussed the writing process and gave pupils hints and tips about how to improve their own writing. Pupils then had time before lunch to produce their own writing from a photograph that Paul gave them depicting WW1 soldiers on the Somme, waiting in a trench for the command to go 'over the top'.
After lunch all the schools re-convened and extracts from the pupils writing were read out. Paul was amazed by the standard of the writing that all pupils had produced. Sentences written by Lower School pupils like 'Although it was freezing cold I was burning with worry and panic', powerfully conveyed the feelings of the soldiers in the trenches at that time.
All pupils were greatly inspired by listening to Paul and the tips which he gave them enabled them to produce some fantastic writing.