Albany Academy staff and students were visited by the talented author Jenny McLachlan. The children’s author visited the school to discuss a range of topics including the importance of reading and the inspiration for her hugely successful book ‘Stargazing for Beginners’. Jenny, who travelled up from Eastbourne, signed copies of her latest book and talked to our Key Stage 3 girls about her life journey and how this helped shape her writing.
As an avid lover of reading, Jenny studied English at university before finding her way into secondary teaching. In 2013, after attending the Winchester Writers’ Festival, Jenny finally plucked up the courage to send a copy of ‘Flirty Dancing’ to Julia Churchill, a brilliant children’s fiction agent at A.M. Heath. With dazzling speed, she was then signed by Bloomsbury to write the four books in the series.
Shirley Walmsley, School Librarian at Albany Academy said, “It was a fantastic opportunity for our female students to meet a published author and to get the opportunity to ask questions about her stories, her inspiration and her career as a writer. The girls enjoyed the inspirational talk which Jenny gave spectacularly.”
The author was delighted to attend Albany Academy and was really pleased with the feedback and discussions she had with the Albany students. Jenny said, “It has been absolutely fantastic visiting Albany Academy and meeting your students because it is so obvious that the school has a really rich reading culture. The students were extremely welcoming and so engaged. They asked such thoughtful and intelligent questions. I look forward to coming back one day.”
Isobel Parkin, word millionaire, received a signed copy of Stargazing For Beginners on behalf of the Albany school library. Piper Stevens and Carly Taylor-Ward both received signed books in recognition of their thoughtful questions during the talk.