LITERATURE: Children’s Book Week at Grindleton

BOOK WEEK: Author Olga Duckworth talks to pupils at Grindleton Primary School. (s)
BOOK WEEK: Author Olga Duckworth talks to pupils at Grindleton Primary School. (s)

DESIGNING a book cover competition was just one of the activities pupils at Grindleton Primary School took part in to celebrate national Children’s Book Week.

The children also visited the library, while the junior children read with the infant children in pairs. They also took part in arts and crafts and the week ended with an X Factor-style “Book Factor” finale.

New author Olga Duckworth, of West Bradford, also visited the juniors and talked about her background, how she lived in Ireland and how she came to publish a book based on some of the places and characters from her childhood.

She read a chapter of her new book, The Field of Shamrocks, which the children thoroughly enjoyed. They listened to how little girl Molly O’Neil one day encountered a beautiful grey wild horse who nobody else could approach.

Olga explained that some of the words in the book are Irish dialect which emphasises the locality in an enchanting way.

The juniors asked her lots of questions including “what tips can you give us to writing a good book” inquired pupil Isabelle Masterson.

Olga recommended that books must be descriptive and pupils should concentrate on writing about something that they know a lot about.

She explained that she loves horses and this led to her first book based around Shamrocks, a Connemara.

The children were inspired by the fact that Olga had to go to work at the age of 16 and, even though she did not have the opportunity to further her education, she is today on the road to becoming a successful author.

Olga is currently writing her second book. As part of their literacy work Year Five and Six of the juniors have written a biography of Olga Duckworth and as a thank you, some have been to sent to her.