Local Author Visits St Marks


World Book Day was an ideal opportunity for local author Cathy Lewis to visit St Marks Primary where she spent the morning working with Year 5.

Cathy has recently had her first book ‘The boy who hears things’ published and the year 5 pupils were keen to hear how Cathy was first inspired to write her book.

The story is about Jamie and his friends, Caz & Ant, who research Queen’s House – an old hospital for injured soldiers. As the friends slowly uncover the hidden past of Queen’s House Jamie is shadowed by a mysterious figure.

The Purbeck Gazette published a review of the book last week and described the book as: “A delight to read.”

The year 5 pupils asked Cathy lots of questions about how she first started writing and where the ideas for the book had come from. They listened to the first chapter of the story and are keen to hear more.

Alex Cox described Cathy’s visit as “Inspirational.”

Riley Churchill said the story opening was, “Exciting and creepy.”

Throughout the day the pupils presented a book review about their favourite book. At the end of the presentations the class voted on the best presentation. The winner of the book review competition was Lily and she received a signed copy of Cathy’s book.

Cathy will be returning to St Marks in the Summer Term to run a writing workshop which will assist pupils with developing their own story settings. She is looking forward to her next visit as she was so impressed with the Year 5 pupils’ enthusiastic approach.