Four-leafed clover…the story’s nearly over!

Wow, so much has happened since our last post! Hard work, actual fake blood during the Saxon-Viking battle and tears of joy as we handed our chapters over, on a velvet cushion, to John in assembly, to a trumpet fanfare!  Cerys W says, “I found it really fun trumpeting in front of John.”

He worked hard, pulling together all the strands from our chapters into his final scene.  The last chapter hasn’t been presented to the school yet…it’s going to remain secret until the final day when the book is launched….Isabelle H says, “Even WE don’t know the ending yet!

John with the winners of the ‘Blurb’ competition

To help the pupils with character illustrations, Tom Percival (children’s illustrator and author) came to school and held a drawing workshop for us.  Isabelle H says, “He really inspired us to push ourselves to the limit on what we can do. He gets all the details, even on the eyebrows!”

The book, along with the illustrations, were delivered to the publishers (The History Press in Brimscombe) last week.  The publishers were very excited to receive the manuscript and they have praised us for the very high quality of the work.


An interview with our PR Officer, Lorraine Smith

Here is an interview with Lorraine who kindly came into our school to help us in our News Reporters’ Committee.  By Martha and Amelia.

Q: Lorraine,  why did you want to get involved in the book project?

“I asked Mrs Hodges if I could, because reading and writing is an important skill and I was excited about the project and wanted to share it with the community.”

Q: How do you spread the news?

“Stroud News and Journal have written an article on us this week.  And now BBC Radio Gloucestershire want to do a report on our book and the school.  The are going to feature us as ‘School of the Week’, and report on the school every afternoon for a week! The will also interview John about his role in the book.  In addition, we will have an article in Cotswold Life in September and are even hoping to have an interview on TV and certainly are going to invite them to the book launch on June 10th.”

Q: Why is it so important to get the word out there?

“To show how hard working you guys are, how fun it can be to write your own book and also how interesting local history can be.  Also, we want to sell lots of copies of the book and maybe do the project again!”

It was great to meet Lorraine and hear about her important role in the project.