Tuesday 22nd June 2010 by C. Freeman
Manga artist Yuri Kore talked to students about her life and career during masterclass in the library. Students from most of the year groups attended and she gave advice on creative writing and drawing techniques.
Librarian Mrs Adams said: 'Her parents had a farm out in the country in Korea and although she always enjoyed drawing she never had any paper! It just wasn't a priority for them. She always drew on any blank pages in books, and her parents told her off for spoiling them. When she was 12 her parents moved into a town and had a shop.
'She was always still drawing and put one of her pictures on the shop wall. A customer told her how good it was and from then on she decided she wanted a career as a manga artist. She entered a competition and won, and her career took off in Korea.
'She later went travelling to India and met a man from the UK, moved here and started a family. She is determined to re-start her career and won a manga competition here. She has now translated her Korean books and started publishing new work.'
Student Marsha Green said: 'It was extremely informative and highlighted the importance of dedication and practice in enhancing your skills.' Laura Keeble added: 'She was very helpful, giving us tips and tricks to improve our manga drawing abilities, and also really inspirational. I want to get writing my own manga now!'