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Charlie Higson at The Baths Hall

Students from The Axholme Academy visit Charlie Higson at the Baths Hall

North Lincolnshire Library offered local schools the opportunity to hear author, Charlie Higson, speak at The Baths Hall. It was an opportunity that could not be missed. So 58 students from KS3, accompanied by 4 members of staff, had an early lunch and took the bus to The Baths Hall. 
 
Few of the students had read any books written by the author, but the room fell silent when a clip was shown to promote his new book ‘The Fallen’. It was a bit frightening, but roused a deafening round of applause to welcome Charlie on to the stage. He explained that his book was basically about ‘kids trying to avoid being eaten by their parents.’ He quickly got the audience involved, and sparked more impromptu bouts of applause with his witty style. He warned the girls that they were ‘not supposed to snog a vampire’, and added that zombies were ‘basically teenage boys’. 
 
Students from The Axholme Academy ere sat right at the back of the auditorium, but luckily we had a pair of binoculars – we really did – so some students got a closer look. During question time a microphone was passed back to involve students that were right at the back as well. 
Charlie had a knack of making the everyday seem so unique. He talked about the power of communication, and through the use of impressions, including bird noises and baby cries he was able to demonstrate the power of speech. He believes that written words are even more powerful, since they can last for centuries. 
Inspired himself by so many things, including: his three sons, books like Lord of The Rings, and iconic movies like Night of the Living Dead, he told his audience that it was a childhood fantasy of ‘a world without adults’ that inspired his latest series of books for teenagers. As an adult he realised that fantasy would – in reality – quickly become a nightmare. 
 
Many students purchased copies of the book, signed there and then, by the author. Caitlin Young liked ‘the funny jokes and impressions’, and William Allen said he also liked ‘his humour’. 
One key message that stuck with me was that there are so many books out there to be enjoyed, so if you don’t like a book, then ‘find another book.’
I’m sure we will see lots of students discovering the new world of zombie like creatures that Higson has created. 
 
Mrs Emma Brameld