Warblington teacher pens book to inspire pupils

AUTHOR Daniel Dyer, Katie Bolton, Mae Elliott, Toby Linsley, Evangeline Needham, Holly King, Steph Ward and Eva Barnard with Paul Davies, author of  The Danny Diamond Adevntures at Warblington School. Picture: Allan Hutchings (13800-767)
AUTHOR Daniel Dyer, Katie Bolton, Mae Elliott, Toby Linsley, Evangeline Needham, Holly King, Steph Ward and Eva Barnard with Paul Davies, author of The Danny Diamond Adevntures at Warblington School. Picture: Allan Hutchings (13800-767)
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ENGLISH teacher Paul Davies is hoping to inspire his pupils to become good writers after writing a series of online children’s books.

The Warblington School teacher was named the winner last year in a competition in The News to inspire people to read and write.

He won the Kings Youth Theatre Junior New Writer’s Festival competition, which was launched as part of our Read All About It campaign to boost literacy across the area.

Now, he has published a series of e-books called The Danny Diamond Adventures.

Mr Davies said: ‘The idea was to write about a young lad who has got a never-say-die attitude.

‘He’s a young boy who enjoyed trying out different business plans and seeing if he could make it big.

‘He’s a real fighter who keeps on going and trying.

‘He’s a bit like Dennis the Menace meets Del Boy.’

The books are aimed at children up to the ages of 12 or 13.

Mr Davies said writing his own books was something he had considered doing for a while.

‘I have always enjoyed writing for children,’ he said.

‘I found that as somebody who loved reading and somebody who enjoys teaching, I found it a really good age group to write for.

‘It was an idea that wouldn’t go away. I enjoyed writing it.’

Now, he is hoping that he can inspire his pupils to enjoy reading and writing.

‘A few of the children at Warblington have bought the books,’ he said.

‘What I found as exciting as knowing that people have read the stories I have written, is that you can draw on my experiences as an online author and talk to the children about the process we have been through.’

He has even had a Year 7 pupil ask him how he can write a book.

‘It’s important to inspire or show the children that creative writing has a real application in the real world. It could have an audience,’ added Mr Davies.

‘I don’t think you can ever underestimate how important literacy is. It’s crucial.’