31 authors. 3 courses. 17 days. The 21st Century Author Programme 2014 has seen a diverse and incredibly dedicated group of authors and illustrators walk through the National Literacy Trust doors.
I have had the pleasure of being transported along The Silk Road, huddled in a garage to listen to a high school rock band, followed the ups and downs of father and son detectives, rooted for a particularly adorable home-sick pig, tracked junk through outer space, confronted teen pregnancy and met a yak with a refined appetite.
From picture book to teen, the authors and illustrators completed three levels of training in how to create and conduct school visits and events. I would recommend any one of these authors for a visit to your school, library, bookstore or festival. They all have a wonderfully unique story to share with you. More to the point, they come armed with an understanding of the support that teachers need, are able to facilitate educational workshops or address a jam-packed auditorium, and will inspire, amuse, engage and encourage your students.
I think that, along with the vocal skills and the event timings, something more was achieved throughout the training. Camaraderie. Mutual support. Friendship.
Check out our talented 21st Century Authors alumni. Congratulations to the leavers of 2014.