Monday 12th July 2010 by C. Freeman
David Calcutt, author of books, plays and poetry, talked to students about his writing career that has spanned the last 25 years.
He spoke to both assemblies, led a writing workshop with the reading group and met with the whole of Year 8 answering questions and reading extracts of his work.
He was first encouraged to write at secondary school when he had items published in the school magazine. Then he moved onto poetry and, when he became arts director at a community school, it was a natural progression to move into writing plays and novels.
During the past five years, David has written five books; with Crowboy and Shadow Bringer already published and a third, Map of Marvels, scheduled for release next month.
David said: 'Writing was the one thing I could do well, I enjoyed making stories up. One in particular I wrote as a play and it didn't really work, the play form was too constraining so that became my first novel, Crowboy.
'To be a writer you have to read. It sounds trite but it is true. If you are interested in writing then reading becomes more than just a leisure activity; it is part of your mental training. You have to read as widely and diversely as possible and see what it is possible to do with words. There are endless possibilities.
'I do write every day when I am not doing workshops. I try and read aloud and consider all work is best performed or spoken aloud. All my books are completely different. Each time I write a new book I want it to be quite different, I'm not a series writer. Writing a book is like a journey and you quickly realise that the end of that journey is the start of another one.'