On Monday we were delighted to welcome award winning author Piers Torday to visit the Upper School. Piers’ bestselling series for children, The Last Wild trilogy was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Award, nominated for the Carnegie Medal and won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize (for The Dark Wild). Piers’s father was also an author, Paul Torday (Salmon Fishing in the Yemen). We all thoroughly enjoyed his talk about how he got into writing, beginning with his childhood in Northumberland and how an encounter with Roald Dahl changed his life.
Miss Martin (Librarian)
Piers Torday began by talking about the evolution of animals over the millennium. He talked about long lost creatures such as the sabre-toothed tiger, the giant sloth, giant woolly mammoths and much more; these animals are all bigger versions of the animals we see on London streets today. He told us what he wanted to be when he was younger. These ideas ranged from a racing car driver and a vampire! However, Piers Torday loved reading. He would read anything such as the newspaper, advertisements on buses and any signs posted on shops. This is what led him to write these fabulous books. He showed us a very interesting youtube clip called “7 billion reasons to think about 7 billion”. We learned that if all the people on the planet stood shoulder to shoulder they would just fit in the city of Los Angeles.
Click on the below if you would like to view it . . .
Jolnar and Clementine (Year 6)
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