Kids enjoy an audience with author at the BBC

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Book lovers from Eastwood and Woodfarm high schools headed for the BBC last week to hear a literary hero speak.

The youngsters were part of a live audience for a BBC Scotland learning broadcast, Authors Live, chaired by Janice Forsyth.

There, they listened to young adult fiction writer Marcus Sedgwick talk about his new novel The Ghosts of Heaven, about what inspires him and how he gets the creative juices flowing.

Eastwood High librarian Anne De’Ath told The Extra: “Pupils from both schools were chosen to ask questions — Katie from Woodfarm asked where he got his idea for Midwinterblood. The answer was a painting in a Stockholm art gallery.

“Maryam from Eastwood asked him about his research process, his answer reiterating that he gets his inspiration from all around him.

“After the formal session, Marcus was happy enough to sign books and talk to the group, and the pupils all enjoyed the experience of visiting the BBC.

“Mrs Alison Mundie, librarian at Woodfarm, also attended, and she agreed with Marcus that ‘It’s so boring to read what we know. We should be pushing ourselves to explore more’ — inspiring words for creative thinkers.”

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