On 8th November, as part of an eventful school Reading Week, Odette Elliott visited St. Marylebone School for Girls. The author of My Big Brother JJ and Sammy Goes Flying spoke to a Year 7 class about writing picture books. Odette was particularly looking forward to the visit as her granddaughter Cherry is a pupil at the school.
Before her visit, the students had looked at Odette’s website for their homework, and already had quite a few questions to ask her. Odette was pleased to note that they all enjoyed hearing and reading stories. The class were very interested to hear about the drafting, designing and printing process required to make a picture book. The mixed ability group had the choice of a drawing or a writing task. They came up with a variety of ideas and imaginative artwork. Odette especially enjoyed one girl’s excellent blurb for a story she might write.
After the workshop, staff and pupils bought copies of My Big Brother JJ in the school library. Performance poet John Hegley performed during the lunch hour, so Odette stayed to enjoy his poetry. John even bought one of her books!