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Southborough Meet Charlie Higson

Thursday 26 Apr 2012


On 26th April, invited students from Years 7, 8 and 9 visited Shrewsbury House School to meet the famous teenaged fiction writer, actor and writer, Charlie Higson.  Whilst adults may remember him from his work with comedian Paul Whitehouse on The Fast Show in the early 1990s, Higson is now known by teenagers for writing the Young Bond series of books, and more recently, The Enemy series.

Here is Kester Hall’s (7INE/7D) account of the visit:

We met in the hall at one o’clock and took the register; I remembered that I was fortunate enough to have been chosen to meet Charlie Higson.  At ten past one we left on foot, heading for Shrewsbury House.  We were greeted by their headteacher and taken to our seats in the Hall.

We waited for about five minutes until Charlie Higson walked through the doors.  He said 'Hello' and showed us a film clip about his new book:  it was a zombie adult smashing through a door, saying 'bite, bite' and as it got closer to the children, we realised he was saying 'buy it' as he pulled out the new book 'The Fear'!  Charlie Higson played the part of the zombie too.


Charlie spoke to us all about writing said that as humans we are masters of language and that is why we are all intelligent, because we can communicate with words.  He made up a word too, to show us how we can imagine what words mean and how we create new words.  He got us to think about what a 'skofirax' might be.


He then let us ask some questions.  Some boys asked about his favourite book, who inspired him and many more.  After that we were allowed to get our books signed.  I had eight books and I got them all signed!  He even wrote messages in some people’s books.  It was a great experience to meet a famous author


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