World Book Day celebrated with writer's visit to Cannock school

By Jamie Brassington | Cannock | Staffordshire entertainment | Published:

School pupils were taught writing tips by a Staffordshire children's author.

Ben Davis with Year 1 and 2 pupils

Ben Davis made a special visit to Chase Grammar School, in Cannock, where he helped workshops with students.

Pupils were tasked with creating fictional characters and told to follow the theme of heroes and villains.

His was described as inspirational event.

Kayleigh Sanders, admissions and marketing manager, said: "They really loved it. The feedback was great from all of them.

"They created fictional characters. We will be following the topic of heroes and villains in class on Thursday.

"It was the first time Ben, who is a local author, has been to the school. I would encourage other schools to have him hold talks.

"We do have other people, external visitors, that come in to talk to students.

"These type of events inspire the children. They can get perspectives on different things and extend their learning."


Ben's visit came as part of World Book Day, which falls on Thursday, and is the 23rd annual instalment.

Alongside being a notable event in the calendar, World Book Day is also a registered charity, and is supported by UNESCO.

The aim of the charity is to celebrate reading and allow children to own books of their own.

Ben was happy to support the event in Cannock. In his spare time, Ben likes to hold creative writing workshops in schools.

He is the author of comedy books for older children and teenager. Among his titles include The Private Blog of Joe Cowley, Danny Dread and My Embarrassing Dad's Gone Viral.

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By Jamie Brassington
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