Here's an extract from a recent issue of the official newsletter of Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School in Meanwood:
The school was privileged to stage one of the events of the Headingley LitFest when the celebrated author, Robert Swindells read and discussed his works with pupils. Swindells is one of Britain’s most successful writers of fiction for young people...
Robert Swindells, who was born in Yorkshire, has received numerous awards for his books for children and young adults. Stone Cold, a favourite with our pupils, won the Carnegie Medal and has been adapted for television by the BBC. Generations of our pupils have enjoyed reading his novels and they were delighted to be given the opportunity to hear Mr Swindells read extracts from his work.
They plied him with questions about his subjects, his writing methods, his beliefs and his income! The quality and variety of the questions asked was impressive. Pupils found his honest, entertaining and down-to-‐earth approach engaging and many of them said that he made them believe that they could succeed as writers if they put their minds to it...
We were delighted to welcome pupils and staff from Allerton High School to the event. Mr Swindells was moved and impressed by the interest our pupils had shown.
Radish Books attended and provided copies of Mr Swindells' work. Many purchased Stone Cold and left clutching copies which carried a personal message from the author: variants of 'Read! Read! Read!