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Author AF Harold visits BLC

On Friday 11 th October BLC welcomed author Ashleigh Harrold and publishers Bloomsbury books to Jenner building.


Ashleigh came to visit us as a result of the Reading Gladiators winning the mini-challenge for Year 4 in the Summer term. The children had read A.F.Harrold’s; The Song From Somewhere Else and created artwork based on illustrator Levi Pinfold’s playlist including Henry Mancini’s Experiment in Terror.

The author arrived at 12noon and had lunch with the winning Reading Gladiators. Following this, the RG’s interviewed Ashleigh and this was recorded for the school radio podcast. The RG’s had thought of really interesting questions to ask like:

Who was your favourite author as a child? Do you prefer writing poetry or stories? The Song From Somewhere Else began with Brian Patten’s poem; The Stolen Orange. Why did you use Brian’s poetry at the beginning of your book?

After the interview, Ashleigh met the current Year 4 Reading Gladiators. They also had the opportunity to ask the author questions. This was followed by the author signing books and book purchases.

Key Stage Two were treated to Performance poetry featuring Ashleigh Harrold and he even shared and performed poems from manuscripts of new poetry that he had only just written. Following this, the whole of Key Stage Two recited: The Flavour of Night from; Things You Find in a Poet’s Beard by A.F.Harrold. Finally, the Reading Gladiators gave the author a beautiful card, made up of illustrated book jackets and some chocolates.

We all had such a fabulous time and we were thrilled to finally
meet the author behind the book.