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Popular author Cathy Cassidy offers expert advice & signs books at FHS

Popular children’s author Cathy Cassidy visited Fairfield High School in Bristol the day before the publication in paperback of her two latest books. Cathy, who has twice won the Queen of Teen title, has written more than 20 books, which have sold more than a million copies. The latest, Fortune Cookie, is the sixth and final title in the Chocolate Box Girls series. Also published this month is Looking Glass Girl, a reworking of Alice in Wonderland.

Cathy, who used to work at Shout magazine and before that was fiction editor on Jackie magazine, is a former art teacher. She tours extensively around the UK, meeting more than 10,000 young readers every year.

She spoke to Year 7 and 8 girls from FHS, students from Elmfield Secondary School, and Year 5 & 6 pupils from Glenfrome and May Park primary schools, and signed copies of her latest books. Cathy was on the third day of a two-week tour to promote her books; her next title is The Broken Heart Club, which comes out in April.

She told the students how she literally dreams up her stories, and how she develops her characters by drawing sketches and making mood boards.

Asked for her advice to budding writers, she said: “Write lots. Write a little bit every day, maybe a diary or journal. Don’t just write at school. It’s like everything – you have to practise. “Write from the heart, about the things you care about. I always knew I wanted to write. I write because I have stories  in my head and I get inspiration from all around me.”

Cathy encouraged those with ambitions as authors to share their daydreams by penning entries for her Dreamcatcher blog, which is written by her readers for other readers.

She signed books for students and encouraged them to explore her website, www.cathycassidy.com for more information and inspiration.

Natasha Edmunds, Head of English at FHS, said: “It was wonderful for the students to meet such a successful author. Cathy’s visit encouraged them to continue to enjoy reading and inspired some of them in their own writing.”

St John’s choir reaches national competition finals

The St John’s Academy Choir travelled to London yesterday (9 February) to take part in the final of the Barnardo’s National Choir competition at the Royal Festival Hall.

The choir, consisting of 29 girls from Years 8-13 and directed by Max More, St John’sSt John's Festival Hall reduced DSC_6981 Director of Performance, had won the previous round to reach the highly competitive final. The choir found themselves against stiff opposition from schools across the UK. Despite not winning the competition, the final was a great experience for the students, who all enjoyed performing at a major national venue. In getting through to the finals, the St John’s choir had pushed out several other choirs that had regularly been finalists in previous years.

Mr More is very proud of the choir’s achievement. “I was immensely proud of what the girls achieved yesterday” he said. “They have been telling me for weeks that it would all be OK on the day, and it most certainly was! For a choir that has only been in existence for just over a year, and with limited rehearsal time, we have done commendably well. As ambassadors for St John’s, the students were simply exemplary. For a number of the Sixth Form choir members this was their last performance before their examination schedules take over; I wish them every success and thank them for their fantastic contribution to the choir….”.

Nine members of the choir now have just a few days to rest their voices before they head into final rehearsals for the St John’s musical, the schools version of We Will Rock You. The show is being performed over four nights, 23, 25, 26 and 27 Feb and is also directed by Max More. Tickets are on sale from Ticketsource: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/112536

‘Queen of Teen’ author Cathy Cassidy visits FHS

We are delighted to be joined by this talented and charming best-selling author on Wednesday 3rd February. To date, Cathy Cassidy has written almost 30 young adult fiction books which have touched the hearts of tens of thousands of people.

This visit will see Cathy talking about her popular ‘Chocolate Box’ books, as well as
captivating the audience as she shares her journey from journalism through to internationally recognised author. Her teenage fans will also be treated to some top tips for friendships and daydreaming!

All our Year 7 and 8 girls will be attending this fascinating session along with Elmfield students and Year 5 & 6 pupils from local primary schools. After the talk, they will have the opportunity to ask Cathy questions, before being able to buy the book, which can then be signed by Cathy herself.

Visit www.cathycassidy.com for a peek into Cathy’s world where you can read her blog, enter competitions, view a special YouTube channel where fans can go behind the scenes and meet the characters in their awesome video blogs, and uncover ideas for fun friendship activities!


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