Monday 12th April 2010 by C. Freeman
Author John Townsend kept students astounded with a series of bizarre and quirky facts during a recent visit to Brooke Weston. He started writing because, working as a secondary school teacher, he was disappointed by the quality of books available for reluctant readers, so he decided to write his own.
Now, roughly 140 books later, he is a full-time writer and storyteller, visiting schools, literary events and prisons in a bid to get more people reading for pleasure. John writes fiction and non-fiction but specialises in books devoted to strange and mysterious facts. He is currently writing a series exploring forensic science, researching compelling stories and picking pictures with just the right ratio of gore!
John spoke at two school assemblies, had a discussion with the Reading Group, entertained the whole of Year 9 for a lesson then met up with students from Year 7 for the final part of his visit, which was arranged by Librarian, Ms Adams.
Before his presentation to Year 9 John said: 'I will be talking about some of my sensational science stories and I'll have to give a warning, “look away now if you are of a nervous disposition!” I'll tell students about some of the interesting and bizarre things I've come across and some of the things the publishers wouldn't let me use like the story of Miracle Mike the Wonder Chicken, whose head was cut off yet he lived for a further 18 months. You couldn't make the story up and the biology behind it was really interesting!'