Shrewsbury School

Author Patrick Ness inspires Shrewsbury staff and pupils at the Library of Birmingham

Friday 16 May 2014

...and they returned armed not only with ideas for writing, but a furniture wish-list for the School's Moser Libary...

Head Librarian Jo Eliot writes:
On Friday 9th May, accompanied by Ms Suarez and four keen readers from the Third and Fourth Form, I met one of my literary heroes, award-winning writer Patrick Ness.Speaking to young readers and writers from schools across the West Midlands, Patrick Ness discussed his experience of becoming a writer and read from his latest young adult novel More than this

After getting our books signed we then explored the cavernous new Birmingham Library. Armed with one of our library ipads, the students were charged with photographing features which they would like to see in our library at school. It was delightful to see the boys excited about the library and I am now armed with an exciting furniture wish-list for the Moser Library – although I’m not sure the neon-lit escalators or the glass elevator will be featuring back at school! 

It was a pleasure to accompany the boys – who were great company – and I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to get to know them better. Alex Penman (Rb IV) even volunteered to write a short piece about the trip:

“The trip was to see Patrick Ness talk about his books and his life, and this I think we all enjoyed. He gave some inspirational advice about book and film writing and read excerpts from his books The knife of never letting go and More than this. I personally have read them both and found them fantastic books and I recommend them for borrowing from the school library.

The library itself is well worth a visit, its architecture is superb albeit a little odd, and some of the furniture inside is extraordinary- the makeover [of the Moser Library] that will hopefully happen soon is going to include (I hope) a few bucket chairs for readers.

Overall the trip was a great success, and I think that any reader and sightseer alike will enjoy the trip if it ever happens again or at their own leisure.”

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