Adventures in ‘Dragonland’ with Lucinda Hare
Students from the book groups at both the High School and Stamford School were fortunate enough to meet with children’s writer and illustrator, Lucinda Hare, on the afternoon of Friday 14th May. Lucinda, who had travelled with husband Paul all the way from Edinburgh, is the author of successful fantasy novel, ‘The Dragon Whisperer’, and is soon to publish the second book in this ‘Dragonsdome’ series. Whilst eating homemade cakes produced by the students, Lucinda responded to a whole battery of questions posed by her eager audience. Many of the pupils had communicated with Lucinda via e-mail in the weeks leading up to her visit, and she seemed genuinely delighted to finally meet her correspondents face to face.
Lucinda is a passionate animal-lover and nature-enthusiast – and also, has an alarming obsession with coca-cola! She told the pupils how various waif and stray animals she has rescued provide her with material for the dragons and various other creatures in her books. She also passed around her sketchpads and original artwork, emphasising how important drawing was to her in the process of creating both characters and storylines.
Students were also set two challenges by Lucinda at the very start of the afternoon. She wanted everyone to invent an original name for one of the breeds of dragon that feature in her novels and explain its significance. Lucinda promised that the name she considered best would be used in her next novel and so immortalised for ever. Lucinda also asked budding artists amongst the group to illustrate any scene that they liked from the first novel and then send it to her. The winner of this second competition is to receive a valuable limited edition copy of ‘The Dragon Whisperer’.
Lucinda seemed to thoroughly enjoy time spent with the book groups and said that she really hoped students would continue to keep in touch with her. She also vowed to return again next year. This time, to read aloud extracts from the second book in the series; a novel that she promises is far more elaborate, intriguing and exciting than the first!