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Author enjoys a 'literally brilliant' day with local pupils

Author and National Literacy Hero, Richard O’Neill spent a 'literally brilliant' day working with pupils at a Wisbech School.

The multi-award winning writer and storyteller spent the day working with all the children from Nursery through to Year 6 at the Orchards Academy.

Children were treated to a range of Richard’s original stories, readings from his books and writing and story creating workshops.

Author Richard O'Neill helps headteacher Sarah Cullen add books to the new library. (51504768)
Author Richard O'Neill helps headteacher Sarah Cullen add books to the new library. (51504768)

Assistant head, Imogen Newell, who organised the day said: "we have high expectations in terms of literacy in our school and want to provide our children with the tools to become even better writers and what better way than to have a professional writer, especially one with family connections to the area come in and work with them.”

The writer currently based in Manchester who has two new books out this year said: "It was such a pleasure to visit Orchards, it’s clear that there is a strong focus on literacy in the school and the children and staff certainly enjoy their stories and books.”

Headteacher, Sarah Cullen added: "Our children and school community deserve the very best and that includes giving them access to interactive experiences like this which helps them to have real-life experience of creativity, which not only helps them develop their literacy but also their oracy too, all great skills to have for their learning journey and for the future.”

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