Last year Elaine Turner from TAG approached Sue Murdoch of Fernhill School and offered to sponsor the School's Writer in Residence, Dave Cryer!
The grant TAG gave has enabled Fernhill to participate in www.bookbuzz.org.uk a book scheme for Year 7 students.
Dave ran drama workshops based on the books being offered which meant that students made an informed choice; those books have now arrived in school - an early Christmas present! Each student keeps a reading journal and is expected to read and review their chosen book. Dave's next venture with us is likely to be launching the Hampshire Book Award (HBA) shortlist to Year 8 students.
The HBA is student led, no librarians or teachers are allowed to choose the shortlist and this year's winner demonstrates that children care about their world; Looking at the Stars by Jo Cotterill is about two sisters who become refugees.
"Many thanks TAG!"