Every term the Librarian arranges visits from popular teen fiction authors. These usually consist of talks, workshops and quizzes and plenty of time is given for the girls to ask questions, have books signed and photographs taken.
Popular children’s author Gill Lewis has visited the school to talk about her novels ‘Sky Hawk’ and ‘White Dolphin’. The girls were enthralled by her tales of life as a vet and conservationist, and came away excited to read Gill’s newest book, ‘Moon Bear’.
Last year the school welcomed back Old Girl Sarah Naughton, whose debut novel ‘The Hanged Man Rises’ proved very popular among the younger students. Sarah spent the whole morning in school; she gave a talk on her life since Sunny Hill, challenged girls to a Victorian quiz and led a creative writing workshop.
As part of last year’s Arts Week, BSG was fortunate enough to have two authors visit – one to speak to girls in Prep 6, Senior 1 and Senior 2, and another to talk to Senior 3-5. Sophia Bennett, author of ‘The Look’ and ‘You Don’t Know Me’ spoke to the younger girls about life as an author, and shared numerous anecdotes about her experiences in the fashion industry and charitable sector, where she spent the early stages of her career and gained inspiration for her books. Joss Stirling, who wrote the famous ‘Savants’ series spoke to the older girls similarly about life as an author, and inspired the girls with her challenge to go out achieve their dream career, whatever it may be.
Author visits are an excellent opportunity for the girls, giving them insight into life as an author, and allowing them a behind-the-scenes look at the stories they love.