This afternoon, we were fortunate enough to have a visit from author Simon James Green. He shared with us that all of his books share a common theme – laughter and fun. Within our Diversity and Equality Curriculum, through the use of storybooks, we teach children about the Equality Act 2010, the protected characteristics within this and British Values. We were very excited, to be able to complement this learning, with a visit from award-winning Simon James Green. He is well known for wanting to represent the LGBTQ+ community in children and young adult fiction. Throughout his time with the children there was so much laughter and fun! Children joined in with sharing the synopsis of Life of Riley, helped to act out an extract from Sleep Over Take-Over and even got to learn a bit about the process of writing a book and working with an illustrator. Before the children were able to get books they had purchased signed, Simon made sure to make time for a Q & A. The children had clearly thoroughly enjoyed his visit and had some thoughtful questions.

Jonah: Why did you want to be an author?
Simon: I always loved creative writing at school and have great fun using my imagination. It is great to find something in life you love doing.

Thomas: Which one of your books is your favourite?
Simon: I struggle to choose but if I had to say on it would be Sleep Over take over because it is just so much fun and was a new challenge.

Iona: How long did it take you to become a successful author?
Simon: I was writing for 5 – 6 years before getting my first book published. There is lots of competition and it takes a lot of hard work and dedication but it is worth it to reach your goal.

Albert: How did you meet the illustrator you work with?
Simon: The people that publish my books brought us together as they thought we would work well together.

Hugh: Who is your favourite author?
Simon: Sue Townsend. I Particularly liked her The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole.

Sophie: If you could be anything else, other than an author, what would you be?
Simon: Something that involves being creative. For example, I used to be a theatre director.

25th January 2023
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