The award winning and worldwide bestselling author Cecelia Ahern came to Altrincham Grammar School for Girls yesterday, to launch her new novel for Young Adults, Perfect. The visit was arranged by our Librarian, Mrs Hodgson who also conducted the interview.
The novel, the sequel to the hugely popular Flawed, concludes the story of Celestine North, a 17 year old, in hiding and on the run from the Guild, a court set up to rid the world of Flaws. Her perfect life is ruined by the Guild when she herself is found Flawed and through the process she is forced to question everything about her life and the society she lives in.
It was fascinating to hear Cecelia’s inspiration for the story and her conviction that everyone should be allowed to make mistakes so that they can learn and grow. She said “None of us are perfect. Let us not pretend that we are, or be afraid that we’re not”.
Cecelia revealed that the secret to her success lies in the fact that she always burns a Jo Malone candle when she writes. She keeps office hours and handwrites everything in Bic biro! A born story teller, Cecelia’s first (unpublished) novel was written at exactly the age of her audience, 14 years old, and was called Beans on Toast and a Bottle of Beer! She advised the pupils to find something that they really loved to do and make that their work so that, like her, they could lead a life that they loved.
The pupils themselves were delighted to be able to meet such a successful author. “It was really inspiring” said one girl, “I can’t wait get home and start reading”.
Bestselling author Cecelia Ahern will be coming to school on Thursday 30th March between 2.30 and 3.30pm to talk to our students. This an amazing opportunity for our students to meet such a successful female author and hear about her writing first hand, specially because she rarely does book promotion events.
She is launching her second book for Young Adults, Perfect, on April 4th so this visit ties in with that. Waterstones will be on hand to sell copies of her books, and she will be signing the books too.
On Friday 14th October, Year 9 had the pleasure of welcoming Sungju Lee, a North Korean defector, to talk about his book ‘Every Falling Star’. Students were enraptured by his tails of life within North Korea and his dangerous escape into South Korea in search of
his estranged father. His story includes a journey through gang warfare through to the death of his best friend, culminating in fearing for his life in South Korea. Sungju’s book deals with themes of family, separation, loneliness, hunger, fear, freedom and hope and all were explored in his interesting speech leading to many students purchasing a copy of his book to continue the story. It is true, as one reviewer put it, that ‘Stories shape our lives. Stories can help us to understand each other and motivate us to be better… And they can be used to make each other love… Sungju’s is such a story’. I should like to echo that final point and recommend all to pursue it further.
More can be learnt about Sungju here:
Best-selling author and ‘Queen of Teen’ Cathy Cassidy will be visiting us on Wednesday 10th June 2015 and she will be speaking to our Year 7 girls. Cathy shares stories of her early writing days and career in journalism working for both Jackie and Shout magazines. Cathy’s talk is filled with her top tips for friendship and daydreaming and lots of chocolate! The talk will include a Q&A section where Cathy’s fans will have the chance to have their questions answered!
After her talk the girls will be able to buy and have a copy of Cathy’s book(s) signed by the author herself. The prices of the books that will be available on the day are listed below at a special event price.
Looking Glass Girl (RRP £12.99) £10.00
Chocolate Box Series: Fortune Cookie (RRP £12.99) £10.00
Chocolate Box Series: Secrets (RRP £6.99) £7.00
For more information please see Miss Devlin