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A group of Year 7 students got the chance to spend an hour with a top illustrator as part of  the Children's Book Show.

The Children's Book Show is a national tour which brings some of the best children’s authors and illustrators from the UK and abroad to local theatre venues and gives teachers and students the opportunity to hear world-class artists talk about their work.

In the morning the students went to the Theatre Royal Plymouth for a show based around Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot by Horatio Clare - which they all received a copy of - then the illustrator Jane Matthews came to the College for a workshop with students.

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"Written by Horatio Clare and beautifully illustrated by Jane Matthews, this is the story of a boisterous boy who needs to save his father from depression," said English teacher Mrs Yates.

"It's an uplifting, remarkable book, which mixes myth, fable and family life which will captivate every reader.

"The students joined Jane Matthews on stage at the theatre to discover more about the origins of the story, the relationship between author and illustrator and what inspired them to create in words and pictures.

"With excerpts from the story read by an actor and live drawing on stage by Jane, the event gave young readers a fascinating insight into the creative process of an author and illustrator."

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Later in the day, Jane Matthews visited the College for a workshop where students worked on using pictures to inspire their words and produced some beautiful illustrations based on a new story about a family of puffins.

"This was a fantastic opportunity for our students to develop a greater understanding of the creative process involved in book production, supporting both their reading and writing skills in English.

Amina said: "It was really interesting to meet an actual illustrator - I enjoyed hearing about how she gets her ideas."

Abigail said she had enjoyed the whole day.

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"I cried with laughter at the theatre and I've already read some of the book.

"The workshop was really fun, Jane made it so interesting." 

Jane Matthews said she had a "great afternoon" at the College.

"I'm amazed at your students' rich imaginations," she said.

"I got a real buzz out of working with them - they created some brilliant drawings."

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Mrs Yates said: "this was a fantastic opportunity for our students to develop a greater understanding of the creative process involved in book production, supporting both their reading and writing skills in English."

 

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