Youngsters impress author with their work

Author Philip Reeve meets pupils who have won a story writing competition at Portsmouth Grammar School. (left to right), Ben Gilbert (13), Joe McAuley (13),  Georgia Henderson (13), Saskia Goacher (12) Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (120389-2)
Author Philip Reeve meets pupils who have won a story writing competition at Portsmouth Grammar School. (left to right), Ben Gilbert (13), Joe McAuley (13), Georgia Henderson (13), Saskia Goacher (12) Picture: Ian Hargreaves (120389-2)
Yousef Alam 6, Isabella Doyle 6, Halle Wellham 6, George McKechnie 6 and Isabel Manchip 6 with one of the islands they made out of papier mache

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YOUNGSTERS wowed an award-winning author and illustrator with original mythological yarns of how Portsmouth was created.

The creative year eight students at Portsmouth Grammar School spent a day with Philip Reeve – famed for his Mortal Engines series – and presented tales of passion, war and monsters worthy of the subject matter.

Mythology was an apt genre as Mr Reeve’s 2007 novel Here Lies Arthur, an alternative version of the legend of King Arthur, won the Carnegie Medal.

Georgia Henderson, Joe McAuley, Ben Gilbert and Saskia Goacher, who came up with a myth entitled Crestfallen in the form of a silent film, scooped first prize.

Emma Bell, deputy head of English, said: ‘It was a great event and the pupils had lots of fun coming up with their own mythological stories.

‘We were all very impressed by the variety of materials used to tell the stories, from illustrations, storybooks, plays and even a silent movie!

‘It was brilliant to have Mr Reeve as our guest – he was such an inspiration.

‘He discussed his own career in writing and his early work as an illustrator and responded to some very detailed questioning of his work by our pupils!

‘Visits by successful authors are so valuable because they show how writing can lead to an incredibly fulfilling job rather than something we only do in the classroom!‘

The winning team members received a signed book and vouchers.