Hillcroft Primary School welcomed a highly successful former pupil
recently when author Debi Evans returned to her old school to talk to Key
Stage 2 children about her life and work as a children’s writer.
After studying at the University of Leicester, Debi lived in Dubai for 20
years, during which time she travelled the world, visiting primary schools
to conduct workshops and give talks about writing. She has now returned to
England and is based in Wiltshire.
Having previously written the series of books the Secret Society of Dragon
Protectors, Debi’s latest project is The Secret Adventures of Rolo, about
the adventures of a time-travelling Jack Russell terrier.
“Being able to welcome a visitor like Debi to the school is absolutely
wonderful for the children,” said executive head teacher Stephanie Scutter.
“She’s so experienced at doing this, she knows exactly how to communicate
with them and to unlock their minds, to capture them in her own stories and
to inspire them to come up with their own. The fact that she’s a former
pupil is just the icing on the cake – it shows the children the sort of
thing that they can go on to achieve in life, and it also makes them feel
like their school visit is extra special. Not every school can boast someone
like Debi as a former pupil – everyone here at Hillcroft is very proud of
what she’s achieved, so it’s lovely that she had the chance to come back
here and experience that for herself.”
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