Bestselling children’s author visited Sibford School

Robert Shepley - EditorBanbury News, Schools & Education

Young Bond author visits Sibford School near Banbury

Bestselling children’s author visited Sibford School

Best-selling children’s author Steve Cole visited Sibford School near Banbury last Wednesday (18 January) to talk to pupils about his latest new book, Young Bond: Strike Lightning.


Children from neighbouring schools including The Warriner, Sibford School, Hook Norton Primary, Sibford Gower Endowed Primary and Great Rollright Primary were also invited to meet Steve.

In the week that BBC Radio 2 launched their annual short story competition, 500 Words, for children aged five to 13, Steve encouraged pupils to experiment with their own writing.

“Take inspiration from stuff you enjoy because that enthusiasm will then come across in your writing,” he told pupils.

“Take a character you know and imagine they are like you. Set up first impressions that are then proved wrong. Think about introducing something that looks wonderful but turns out to have a darker side. Who knows where it might take it you? Often we accomplish things as adults because we started doing things as a child.”

Young Bond author visits Sibford School near Banbury

Steve and Joe

His visit was a particular highlight for nine-year-old Sibford pupil Joe Harper who is a huge fan of the Astosaur series. “All his books are so cool and easy to read,” said Joe. “It was an absolutely amazing experience to meet my most favourite author.”

Published in paperback by Penguin Random House, Young Bond: Strike Lightning is Steve’s third book in the Young Bond series.

In addition to Young Bond, Steve’s other books include the hugely successful Astrosaurs young fiction series, several Doctor Who novels and the Secret Agent Mummy series.


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