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Author's Virtual Workshop Inspires Pilgrim Academy Writers

Pilgrim Academy pupils Daisy Walker, Ella Wilson, Charlie Hodson, Maisie Carter, and Lilly Oakland study the book ‘Boy, Everywhere’ written by author A.M. Dassu, who conducted a virtual workshop with them.

Pilgrim Academy pupils enjoyed a virtual workshop with author A.M. Dassu, organised by The Rabbit Hole bookshop in Brigg.

The author talked about her first novel, Boy, Everywhere, which details the journey of a 13-year-old Syrian refugee as he leaves his affluent lifestyle in Damascus for a new life in the UK.

Andy Clark, Pilgrim Academy Principal, said: “The Year 5 and 6 children were engaged in her stories and many took the opportunity to purchase a signed copy of the author’s book. They were extremely positive about the experience and talked about how they could use Az’s advice to improve their own work.”

Pupil Daisy Walker said: “The author event inspired us all to write our own stories.”  

Charlie Hodgson added: “Her words of advice helped us to become better writers. We now refer to Az’s advice in our writing lessons.”

“It was very eye-opening to find out what Syrian refugees have to go through,”  said Aaron Tye.

Year 5 and 6 pupils who took part in a virtual workshop with author A.M. Dassu. They are (back row): Daisy Walker, Ella Wilson, Charlie Hodson, Maisie Carter and Lilly Oakland. Front row: Jake Wonnacott, Poppie Thompson, Liam Raithby, Ivalya Ivanova, and Tristan Beel.