Julia Jarman Visits The Beacon

8 December 2022

This week, we were delighted to welcome Julia Jarman, a children’s author who has written over 100 books for children of all ages. Julia has long been involved with us here at The Beacon due to her classic rites-of-passage novel, ‘Hangman’, being part of our Year 7 English curriculum.

Throughout the day, Julia spent time with our Year 7 boys talking about her real-life inspiration for the novel, her writing process and the challenge of writing for a completely different audience – adults – in her new novel. The boys, in turn, had some searching questions about the characters and were particularly interested in what might happen in a sequel, 23 years since the novel was first published. It certainly gave Julia some creative food for thought, so watch this space!

Julia’s books for younger readers are a familiar sight on many bookshelves so Julia also treated our Little Beacons, Reception and Pre-Prep boys to an excellent workshops on family favourites ‘The Big Red Bath’, inspired by her own red bath at home, ‘Class Two At The Zoo’ and ‘Class Three All At Sea’. She donned a pirate’s hat, got everyone on their feet to chant a fearsome pirate ditty and spent some considerable time signing books!

A big thank you to Julia for visiting The Beacon and educating our boys further about her fantastic books. They very much enjoyed meeting the familiar author in person and picking her brain about her novels and the inspiration behind them.

Click here to visit Julia’s website.

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