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Author Kevin Brooks visits High Weald Academy

On Friday 28 September, award-winning author, Kevin Brooks visited High Weald Academy and spoke to Year Eight students about his work. Brooks is a prolific author of over fifteen best-selling novels, including a series of detective novels aimed at teenagers.

Year Eight students have been studying Brooks’ novel, Martyn Pig, and the author talked about the inspiration for the novel and discussed its characters and themes.

The author discussed his development as a writer, his interest in music and the types of novels he writes. He told students that he had written as a child and was interested in crime fiction.

“I plan my novels methodically in terms of plot and structure,” he explained. “At the same time I leave enough flexibility in my planning to allow a book to grow and evolve as I’m writing it.”

He also talked about how his first novel, Martyn Pig, had been rejected by every publisher in the UK. When it was published it was an immediate success and Brooks spoke about how he found it strange to find out that it was being studied in many schools. “It’s unnerving to talk to young people who study my book in the same way as the great writers,” he said.

At the end of the talk, Brooks answered questions and gave advice to young writers in the audience. “Don’t try to be literary,” he advised. “Write the story you want to write using your own voice.”

After the talk, Kevin Brooks signed many copies of his books and chatted with Year Eight students and staff.