Author visit inspires passion for reading in Swanbourne pupils

Dennis Hamley with pupils at Swanbourne House School
Dennis Hamley with pupils at Swanbourne House School

A LOVE of books is freshly instilled in pupils at Swanbourne House School after a visit from a nearby author.

Winslow-born author Dennis Hamley delighted students with a talk about the inspiration for some of his novels.

Dennis started writing in 1972 and became a full time author in 1992, penning a staggering 68 books in his career.

As well as answering pupils’ questions, Dennis read from his children’s books ‘Hare’s Choice’ and ‘The War and Freddy’.

Simone Mitchell, Head of English at Swanbourne School, said: “Author visits are becoming increasingly rare these days so it was wonderful to welcome Mr Hamley.

“Authors increase pupils’ awareness of literacy and literature and provide the missing link between creators, their books and readers.”

One pupil said: “I didn’t know who Dennis Hamley was before today but I found his talk interesting and loved listening to the reading.”