It was a busy final weekend of the Bath Children's Literary Festival.
On Saturday, fifteen Baines students had the pleasure of listening to the hilarious Frank Cottrell-Boyce in the Guildhall, with two lucky students meeting the author to do a quick Q&A. Among the things discovered were: Frank once had a pet stick insect called Twiggy; his favourite fruit is banana; it can take up to two years to write a book; if he could invite three people to a tea party he would like his children when they were each aged 8. In the 'quick fire' round of questions Frank chose: Start Trek (over Star Wars), pear (over apple), mozzarella (over pepperoni), Apple (over Samsung), goats cheese (over cheese) and dog (over cat).
On Sunday, other Baines students went along to meet and listen to Katherine Rundell at the Masonic Hall. Katherine told our students that she had always wanted to be a writer and her top tip for writing stories was to read other stories and use things have have happened in your life to inspire you. Katherine also told her audience that she did a survival course in the Amazon as research for her book 'The Explorer', is learning to fly a two-seater plane, has eaten a tarantula (you can buy them tinned from Selfridges) and tightrope walks to clear her head.
We hope these outings will inspire our students to write their own stories.