Author Visits and Events

Author Visits and Events

On Monday 21st May, a group of Year 8s and 9s who have studied The Bone Sparrow – one of Zana Fraillon’s most well-known books – came together to participate in a Skype call with Zana! We all enjoyed it a lot. We had a lot of questions – as soon as we thought we had asked everything, a new question arose! Our favourite answer was for the question “where do you get inspiration”, her answer was mostly her children, and also the notebooks full of stories and ideas she has. – Eugenia (8H), Tope (8H), Charis (8A) and Annabelle (8A)


On 24th January 2018, Lisa Thompson visited the school to talk to Year 7s about her latest book, ‘The Light Jar’, and told students about how she got into writing.

At age 9 Lisa had two obsessions – Wonder Woman and horses. She wanted to have horse riding lessons but her parents couldn’t afford them so she wrote a short book about a girl who started a rescue home for horses. She said this allowed her to, ‘immerse myself in the horsey world I was so keen to join.’ This ultimately sparked her interest in writing.

“I really enjoyed Lisa’s visit. She read the first chapter of her new book, which I really liked, I felt as though I was in my own world” – Michelle 7M

“Her book (The Light Jar) is so good! I am really enjoying reading it” – Ayse 7M


On 12th December 2017, our library hosted the Greenwich Schools’ Literature Quiz in which Thomas Tallis, St Mary Magdelene, Plumstead Manor and our own students went head to head. Tamsyn Murray, writer of the Completely Cassidy series, also attended and talked to the students about what it is like to be an author.


On 13th September 2017, author Scarlett Thomas visited Eltham Hill School to discuss her magical fantasy book Dragon’s Green, the first in the Worldquake Sequence.

On 26th May 2017, a small group of students visited Forest Hill School to attend an author talk by bestselling author Tom Angleberger who discussed his Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy series.

On 12th May 2017, the author Samantha Shannon announced Eltham Hill’s team of students was runner-up in Reading Hack’s Bone Season book trailer competition. Samantha tweeted, “I loved the energy and enthusiasm, and thought all the actors did a wonderful job.”

On 9th March 2017, author Katherine Woodfine visited Eltham Hill School to discuss her fast-paced historical mystery adventure series, The Sinclair’s Mysteries.