Best-selling author proves to be the write stuff with Hartlepool pupils

Childrens author David Almond meets pupils at the event at Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre.
Childrens author David Almond meets pupils at the event at Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre.

A best-selling children’s author encouraged hundreds of Hartlepool students to follow their dreams and read more during an inspirational visit to town.

David Almond, a multi award-winning author, spoke to about 400 young people at Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre.

David Almond signs his book.

David Almond signs his book.

He is the author of the award-winning book Skellig, a story about the relationship between a boy and an angel-like creature he meets, and the international best-seller The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas.

The event was organised by Hartlepool Libraries service, in partnership with Blackwell’s and Walker Books.

Children’s and outreach librarian Heather Bellwood said: “David Almond is probably one of our biggest authors in the North East.

“He talked about how he always wanted to be famous and write books when he was a child in Felling in Newcastle.

David speaks to the pupils.

David speaks to the pupils.

“His dream was to go into his local library and pick up one of his books off the shelf and he did it.

“He talked to the children about the power of imagination and hwo they should never be frightened to follow their dreams.”

Pupils from Barnard Grove, Brougham, Fens, St Teresa’s and Throston primary schools took part in the event along with some older students from St Hild’s.

David, from Newcastle, was the latest in a long line of children’s authors to come to town to inspiure youngsters following writers like Cathy Cassidy, Tom Palmer and David O’Doherty.

David Almond speaks to the packed audience.

David Almond speaks to the packed audience.

Heather added: “If we get the opportunity to have authors we grab every chance as the take up from schools is really good.

“Sometimes it is the incentive children need to read the authors’ books.”

David Almond with a copy of his book.

David Almond with a copy of his book.