Author inspires pupils

Published on: 02 Jan 2014

Melvin Burgess, the writer of the 1996 best-seller Junk

AN award-winning author visited Downend School as part of a drive to boost reading.

Melvin Burgess, the writer of the 1996 best-seller Junk, about teenage runaways who fall in with a crowd of drugs addicts on the streets of Bristol, spoke to Post-16 students about his work.

Junk won the the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian children’s fiction prize but was also criticised for its graphic subject matter.

Melvin spent much of his 20s living in Bristol and now lives in Yorkshire. He has written many books for children and young adults.

Downend School deputy head Mark Fuller said the visit was part of the school’s commitment to improving the reading ability and widening the reading experiences of its older students.

Everyone in the school is taking part in the Get Downend Reading initiative from this month. Students will bring books to school weekly for Reading Thursdays, a regular time dedicated to reading books for pleasure.

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