10th October 2019 — Earlier this week we were lucky enough to welcome popular children’s author, P. G. Bell to King’s Hall.The Welsh native, best known for his adventure series The Train to Impossible Places, gave a bewitching talk to our pupils, as well as to a group of visiting Year 6 pupils from Creech St Michael School.
P. G. Bell spoke to the children about his novels, including his brand new book The Great Brain Robbery, which follows the exploits of a young girl named Suzy. He asked the pupils what some of their favourite bedtime stories were and answers ranged from Harry Potter and The Gruffalo, to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Tiger Who Came to Tea. After hearing all of their wonderful responses, he shared his own – The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton.
This spellbinding series of books proved influential for the Welsh writer who used them as inspiration for his own series, whisking his characters off to a myriad of fantasy lands! Inviting the audience to create some of their own make believe lands, “Apple World”, “Puppy Land”, and our favourite, “The Land of Old People” were just some of the brilliant answers received. It just goes to show how powerful the imagination is!
In another segment, the author introduced some of his main characters, including protagonist Suzy and her troll boy sidekick, Wilmot. The children particularly enjoyed this part as they were able to identify some of their favourite trolls from popular culture – think Boxtrolls, Frozen and the like!
The morning was rounded off with a short Q&A session and book signing, before P. G. Bell took a peek around our brand new reading sanctuary. Stay tuned for further updates about this exciting new development.