Demand for author’s books double after visit to school

Charlie Higson with pupils and his books at Lord Williams's School in Thame
Charlie Higson with pupils and his books at Lord Williams's School in Thame
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Acclaimed author Charlie Higson paid a visit to Lord Williams’s School to help inspire the next generation of writers.

Mr Higson, who has just released the fourth book in his zombie series The Sacrifice, ran three interactive sessions with children from Year 7, 8 and 9, as well as Year 6 pupils from St Joseph’s and John Hampden schools.

The sessions proved such a such that the school has had to double its stock of his books to satisfy the demand from pupils.

Bina Malde, the school’s library manager, said: “It was fantastic, the children are still talking about it now.

“All our books just flew off the shelves.”

Mr Higson, who wrote the Young Bond series and is also an actor and comedian, spoke about the craft of writing and why he enjoys writing horror stories.

At the end of each session students had the chance to ask questions and there were also book signings.

Ms Malde said: “Every year we try to encourage an author to come and visit us and talk about their work.

“He was such a great narrator, he really pulled them into what he was talking about.”