A brand new writing competition for Chester schoolchildren was launched with a visit from Australian children's novelist Jessica Townsend.
Jessica is the author of the book Nevermoor, the Trials of Morrigan Crow which has been hailed as the next Harry Potter and recently been bought by 20th Century Fox to turn into a film.
She was invited to the Queen's School to talk about her book and launch the school’s new Grrrl Power Writing Competition. The competition is designed to encourage children, both boys and girls, to include strong female characters in their writing.
Jessica spoke enthusiastically to an invited audience of local schoolchildren about her childhood, her passion for writing and what it's really like to be a writer.
She also recommended some good reads for enthusiastic readers and gave the children some top writing tips.
The Queen's School Grrrl Power competition is open to all pupils in Years 2-6 at any local school. There is a maximum 500 word limit (can be much shorter) and a deadline of the end of March for submissions.
Children can write prose, poetry, a letter, a script - anything that inspires them and the winners - judged by The Queen’s Senior School English Department - could win their writing typeset and illustrated by professional children's book illustrator Abi Whitehouse.
Nevermoor, The Trials of Morrigan Crow is available now in paperback and available from all bookstores.
For more information on the rules and how to enter please visit The Grrrl Power page of The Queen's School website.