Tim visits The King’s School in Macclesfield
Friday, 27th March, 2015
Tim visited The King’s School in Macclesfield on Tuesday 3rd March and the following is a report by Lisa Snook, King’s School Librarian, of Tim’s visit.
Prolific children’s writer Tim Bowler told King’s School pupils, ‘You don’t ever master writing; you just spend your whole life trying to do it better.’
Devonian Tim, who won the prestigious Carnegie Medal in 1997 for that year’s best children’s book River Boy, started writing at the age of five, but was first published aged 40. He has now written 20 books, sold hundreds of thousands of copies worldwide, with his latest Night Runner winning him plaudits as the master of the children’s psychological thriller.
Tim said: ‘Many people have inspired me. My mother, my father, my wife, my friends. The vast majority of the people you meet in life have something inspirational about them and that is for you to discover in your own life and relationships.’
Lisa Snook, said: ‘It was fascinating to learn about the nuts and bolts of writing from an established professional who lives and breathes the written word. Tim is a wonderful communicator both as a writer and a speaker and I know our boys and girls were inspired by his series of lectures.’
Following the visit Tim was interviewed by Simon Carter from the press. Here are his answers:
SC: What was your message about writing for the kids?
TB: I told the students the most important thing about writing is to keep practising it. I said you don’t ever master writing. You just spend your whole life trying to do it better.
SC: What age group did you address yesterday?
TB: I spoke to Year 8.
SC: Who inspired you?
TB: Many people have inspired me. My mother, my father, my wife, my friends. The vast majority of the people you meet in life have something inspirational about them.
SC: Where do you live roughly?
TB: I don’t live roughly. I live very happily in a small village in Devon.
SC: Brief highlights of your own writing career and what’s next.
TB: I started writing when I was five, was first published at the age of 40, have now written 20 books. Have been lucky enough to win several awards, including the Carnegie Medal for River Boy. Currently busy on a novel aimed at readers aged 9-12.