Author inspires students at Prince Henry’s Grammar School to create own characters

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The author of an acclaimed new book for the teenage market has been helping Otley students create their own fictional characters.

Steven Camden, whose novel Tape was a recent Sunday Times Children's Book of the Week winner, led a busy creative workshop at Prince Henry’s Grammar School.

The writer and performance poet also read some of his own work and signed books during the visit, when he encouraged the year nine to 13 pupils to produce their own stories.

Sixth former Robyn Carrick said: “He’s a very engaging performer, which is what makes it interesting to watch.

“It was nice to see someone flourishing in the field of creative writing and performing. He’s obviously really passionate about what he does.”

Faculty leader Annie Cunniffe said: “Author visits and workshops are really important as they inspire and enthuse the students.”

Tape is published by Harper Collins. Steven performs as Polarbear and has been leading projects with schools and arts groups since 2006.

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