We are very excited to have Lydia Saunders, a local author, coming in to visit on the 29th September. Lydia Saunders has recently written a series of books for children (6-11) called 'Hysterical Herstories' telling the stories of ordinary women throughout history who led extraordinary lives.
These are her words:
Men have their standing in the history books already but now is the time to celebrate everyone and in writing these books I am redressing the balance. Through these, I hope to shine a small light on these herstories so when young adults-in-training read them, they can see examples of all peoples, not necessarily heroes but contributors in their own way to humankind. For too long it’s been his-story, now it’s time for hers. Hysterical Herstories: ordinary women leading extra-ordinary lives.
My first book is based on Marie Curie. The book begins by telling the story of Marie Curie in the form of a poem, and is followed by a timeline of her life, a map of her Europe, and a history section and glossary for those children who wish to delve a little deeper into her background. The book is beautifully illustrated throughout by a local illustrator and also is peppered with real-life photographs.
Lydia will be coming in to speak to children about being an author and the Herstories series. This will be followed by questions from the children and a section on how to write creatively (plus a small creative writing competition!).
Order forms are available on the Letters page of our website for anyone who would like to pre-order a book from the series. All forms should be returned to school by Monday 27th September so we are able to let Lydia know how many books to bring. The money for the books should be brought to school in an envelope on Wednesday 29th September (please note, the school will not be processing the money so we recommend the correct amount of money being sent in). All books purchased this way will be signed by Lydia on the day.
In addition to this, Kobe Tong will be in school on Thursday 30th September to talk to our Year 4 and Year 5 children about his role as a sports journalist. He will discuss what his role involves as well as delve into the writing process and how he gets his final pieces.
We hope the children find these inspiring and helpful days,