Librarian Ms Adams has launched a writing competition inspired by the books of author Morris Gleitzman after she and students from Brooke Weston’s book club met him over the recent holidays.
Ms Adams, along with students Alexandra Allport, Jennariece Robson and Megan Robson visited Corby Business Academy, where they heard a talk by Mr Gleitzman about his career, and the publication of his latest book, ‘After,’ the final of four titles set in the Holocaust.
Mr Gleitzman has entitled his books; ‘Once,’ ‘Then’’ ‘Now’ and ‘After’ and begins each chapter in each book with the same word as the title. Mrs Adams has set a challenge for students or staff to write a short story beginning with the word ‘Once’. Entries will be judged by Ms Adams, Mr Jones and Mr Wilson and the winner will receive a signed set of the quartet of books. Stories must be submitted by a closing date of Friday 23rd November (week 4).
Mrs Adams said: ‘Mr Gleitzman lives in Australia and is doing a book tour of the UK to promote his ‘Once’ quartet; the story of Felix, a Jewish boy, set in World War Two. He read the first chapter of ‘After’, the last of the series, which throws us into the story at the point that Felix is in hiding in a hole under the ground of a barn, and has been for two years. I read the first book where he is in an orphanage, and you realise that his parents were taken by the Nazis.
‘It’s strong stuff, not for the faint-hearted. Interestingly, the other books we have in the Library by Mr Gleitzman are all rather light-hearted, and he said he enjoys writing these in between. He has also written funny short stories, and this inspired me to buy a signed set of his quartet, to give as a prize for the best short story.’