Author Annabel Pitcher Visits JHNCC

On Monday 26th February, student’s at JHNCC had the opportunity to meet author Annabel Pitcher in celebration of World Book Day. In addition, Annabel informed year groups in a presentation of how she became a writer and her journey to writing books. Annabel has published several books mainly targeted at children such as “Ketchup Clouds” and “Silence is Goldfish”. Annabel’s first novel,”My Sister Lives On The Mantelpiece” won the Branford Boase award for the most outstanding debut novel for children. Following on, Annabel Pitcher has wanted to be an author since she was young and her wish became a reality on her 12 month long honeymoon travelling the world where she was inspired to compose a story.

Some students had the opportunity to have a V.I.P lunch with Annabel in the library where they received a signed bookmark and were able to talk to Annabel about her job as an author.

We asked a few students who took part in this experience their views on it.

One year 8 student stated,”I believe the experience of meeting Annabel Pitcher was great as it showed us the motivation and thinking behind her books.It also showed us how you can come from never writing a book before to writing several books.

Poppy in year 7 claimed ”Meeting Annabel Pitcher was great because she is so inspirational and my favourite author. It was great to talk to her about our interest in books.

Another student said” It was inspirational and opened up my mind more about reading and writing.

Annabel Pitcher is an inspiration to all and allowed everyone to think more deeply about writing and how books are actually composed.

Shannon I
year 8 student.