We celebrated World Book Day (Thursday 2 March) in style with a visit from writer Sarah Crossan. We were delighted to welcome Sarah back to Beaumont. Since visiting us a year ago, Sarah has won the prestigious CILIP Carnegie Medal for her verse-novel One and has co-written We Come Apart, also in verse.
Sarah is a great lover of poetry and, in an enthralling talk to Year 7 and staff, set about showing us ways to enjoy it for ourselves. This included performing a scene from Romeo and Juliet (feat.Harry Styles!) which brought laughter and squeals from the audience. Sarah encouraged students to ‘start with the heart’: to think first about how a poem makes them feel rather than worrying about what it means. She also suggested that students try reading verse-novels as there is now a wide selection of titles available for young adults. These novels are less wordy than regular prose fiction, therefore less daunting and quicker to read, particularly relevant for reluctant readers.
For more on Sarah’s visit, please read the library blogs:
Copies of all Sarah’s young adult novels are available in the Library.