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Award Winning Author visits SHS

 Winner of the Carnegie Medal, Theresa Breslin (Whispers in the Graveyard, Ghost Soldier, Remembrance), came to speak to all the students in Y7-9 at Stamford High School on Wednesday 4th February. 

Theresa has written many novels for children and young adults, two of which are set during WW1. Her visit was particularly timely as it coincided with the Year 9s studying the Great War during their history lessons.

At the beginning of each of her talks the author invited students to imagine they were young soldiers “going over the top” in gas masks and demonstrated how disorientating wearing the equipment could be.  Theresa had brought with her other artefacts gathered while carrying out her research, including examples of shrapnel and an officer’s soft cap.  She read the account of the first day of the Battle of the Somme from an officer’s diary she had in her possession.

Many of the girls were fascinated to discover how characters and incidents in her books had been inspired by real lives and events, such as the death of a young soldier at 15 years of age.

Librarian at Stamford High School, Amanda Virgo said: “Theresa’s talk and readings from her novels will have prepared the students for some of the real-life events they will hear about on their Battlefields trip later in the year.”