Cardinal Heenan staff and students will engage in our Celebrating Reading Day on Monday 16 July. All departments in school will be running events to promote literacy and a love of reading. This year’s visiting authors are:
Alan Gibbons: Back by popular demand, this highly engaging author will talk to Year 7 about the writing process and about the importance of reading for pleasure. He will then work with smaller groups, helping students to write their own horror stories. Alan's novels include: The Trap, The Edge, Shadow of the Minotaur and his popular Total Football series.
David Brayley: David has written a series of biographies of famous sportsmen, including Welsh footballer Ashley Williams. His most recent novel, Champion of Champions, tells the story of a disaffected teenager who finds happiness in the world of cycling as well as discovering a family link to a famous cyclist. Through his research into this aspect of his family history, however, he uncovers a dark secret which threatens to tear his family apart.
James Oddy: a journalist and author of In This Together: The Story of the Coventry Bears Rugby League Club. Since graduating from the University of Bradford, Oddy has written for publications such as Rugby League World, League Express, Forty-20, the Yorkshire Evening Post, Boxing Monthly, MMA Weekly, and the New Statesman.
Signed copies of Alan Gibbons' and David Brayley's books for children and young adults will be available to buy on the day. The day is designed as a reward for pupils’ efforts with our Reading for Pleasure scheme and enthusiastic participation in Drop Everything and Read sessions. Many pupils have read a wide range of recommended texts. They have been involved in reading groups and award ceremonies with students from other schools.