DJ Simon Mayo launches new book at Gosport school

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HE’S better known for talking over the airwaves, but Simon Mayo met school pupils to spread the word about his work in written form.

The BBC Radio Two presenter was at Bay House School, in Gomer Lane, Gosport, talking about his recent interest in science which, with some inspiration from his son, led to the DJ penning a series of children’s novels.

STAR SIGNING Simon Mayo is made welcome by pupils from Bay House School and Alverstoke Junior School. Picture: Malcolm Wells (133190-1451)

STAR SIGNING Simon Mayo is made welcome by pupils from Bay House School and Alverstoke Junior School. Picture: Malcolm Wells (133190-1451)

Simon has had two books published already and has just finished writing the third.

The students at Bay House, joined by pupils from Alverstoke Juniors, were given a copy of his first novel, Itch, which they got signed by Simon after his talk.

The Itch series is based on Itchingham Lofte who has a hobby of collecting elements from the periodic table.

But this hobby gets him into trouble when he discovers a new type of rock that scientists are unaware of.

Despite being based heavily on science, Simon was not fond of the subject at school and it was his ten-year-old son who gave him the idea for the novels.

Simon said: ‘I was never interested in science at all.

‘When I went to Five Live we did a talk show there for nine years and essentially I did a lot of stuff with them.

‘We spoke to a lot of scientists there and I started to get interested then.

‘And then my 10-year-old boy came back from school and he was only interested in science. He wasn’t interested in anything else.

‘So I thought I had to get up to speed very quickly and instead of writing a short story it became a very long one.’

During his talk, Simon spoke about his inspiration for the book and also read a couple of extracts.

He also interacted with the children, explaining about the elements and what types of things the character Itch collected.

David Roberts, aged 12, from Bay House, said: ‘It was very interesting and I really enjoyed the event. I’m a big fan of science so it was perfect.’

Another student, Reece Sneddon, also 12, said: ‘I will definitely buy the book after seeing Simon.

‘He was a very good speaker.’

Every year, Bay House School invite authors to speak to students.

Adele Hawksworth, organiser, said: ‘I am a big fan of BBC Radio Two and heard he was bringing out a new book.

‘He was our first choice and we sold a lot of books before the event.’