Author Visit: Melvin Burgess

Author Visit: Melvin Burgess

Author Visit: Melvin Burgess

13th July 2018

Melvin Burgess, the Carnegie Medal winning author, visited Longcroft School and Sixth Form College on Tuesday19th June to talk to students about being a writer, how important it is to work at something you enjoy in life, and sticking to your dreams.

The acclaimed and often controversial children’s fiction author became famous in 1996 with the publication of Junk, one of the best-known young adult books of the decade.  To date, Burgess has written over 30 books; his latest novel The Lost Witch is due out in August.  However, as students discovered, success did not come straightaway and it took him 15 years to get a book published.  This illustrated that determination, whether in getting your work published or any other goal, is an important life skill everyone needs to achieve what they are aiming for.

Burgess read extracts from some of his novels, including Billy ElliotThe Hit, and Kill all Enemies.  He also signed copies of his books for students and answered their questions. It was fabulous to see so many students engaged by such an inspiring guest.

A big thank you to Melvin Burgess for joining us and to Ms Carvill, Senior Librarian and Literacy Manager, for organising the event

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