Award-winning author inspires Hatfield youngsters

PUBLISHED: 11:37 28 February 2018 | UPDATED: 11:37 28 February 2018

Author Sarah Crossan during her visit to Bishop's Hatfield Girls' School. Picture: BHGS.

Author Sarah Crossan during her visit to Bishop's Hatfield Girls' School. Picture: BHGS.

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Ahead of World Book Day a “thought-provoking” award-winning author visited a Hatfield school and filled the youngsters with inspiration.

Author Sarah Crossan speaks to pupils of Bishop's Hatfield Girls' School as part of World Book Week. Picture: Danny LooAuthor Sarah Crossan speaks to pupils of Bishop's Hatfield Girls' School as part of World Book Week. Picture: Danny Loo

Year 8 pupils of Bishop’s Hatfield Girls’ School enjoyed a talk from Carnegie-winning author Sarah Crossan, on Tuesday, February 27.

Sarah, who lives in Hertfordshire, talked about a variety of diverse topics, using humour to engage the girls, but also covering some very serious issues.

Sarah, often writes her novels in blank verse, got the girls thinking about how language changes over time, and encouraged them to join in a comic rendition of the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet.

She also talked about how she researched her two recent novels, ‘One’ and ‘Moonrise’, which deal with the difficult subjects of Death Row and conjoined twins, and the ethical issues which these subjects raise.

Author Sarah Crossan speaks to pupils of Bishop's Hatfield Girls' School as part of World Book Week. Picture: Danny LooAuthor Sarah Crossan speaks to pupils of Bishop's Hatfield Girls' School as part of World Book Week. Picture: Danny Loo

The writer asked the youngsters to think about what they’d like to do in life, and told them that everybody feels fear, but the people who do things are the ones who don’t let fear stop them.

She talked about Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000 hours rule, where he says that to become really good at something you need to put in 10,000 hours of practice, and how our addiction to phones could prevent us from doing this.

Year 8 pupil Beth Robinson said: “I really enjoyed the visit.

“I wouldn’t normally consider reading a novel in verse, but I will now.

Author Sarah Crossan during her visit to Bishop's Hatfield Girls' School. Picture: BHGS.Author Sarah Crossan during her visit to Bishop's Hatfield Girls' School. Picture: BHGS.

“I also knew very little about conjoined twins and found it very interesting hearing Sarah talk about them. I found her comments, on not letting fear stop you doing things, inspirational.”

A spokeswoman for the school said: “It was a wonderful visit from an entertaining and very thought-provoking writer.”

Author Sarah Crossan during her visit to Bishop's Hatfield Girls' School. Picture: BHGS.Author Sarah Crossan during her visit to Bishop's Hatfield Girls' School. Picture: BHGS.

Author Sarah Crossan during her visit to Bishop's Hatfield Girls' School. Picture: BHGS.Author Sarah Crossan during her visit to Bishop's Hatfield Girls' School. Picture: BHGS.

Author Sarah Crossan during her visit to Bishop's Hatfield Girls' School. Picture: BHGS.Author Sarah Crossan during her visit to Bishop's Hatfield Girls' School. Picture: BHGS.

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