Author thrills youngsters

PUBLISHED: 13:47 12 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:22 31 May 2010

Eoin Colfer

Eoin Colfer

A BEST selling author thrilled nearly 200 youngsters with tales of his childhood exploits which were the inspiration for his latest novel. Artemis Fowl author Eoin Colfer visited Dame Bradbury s School in saffron Walden on Friday. Director of Hartsevents

A BEST selling author thrilled nearly 200 youngsters with tales of his childhood exploits which were the inspiration for his latest novel.

Artemis Fowl author Eoin Colfer visited Dame Bradbury's School in saffron Walden on Friday.

Director of Hartsevents Jo Burch said: "This was all about bringing books to life for children and getting them interested in reading. It was fantastic - incredibly entertaining - all the children rushed to the bookstall afterwards to buy a copy of the book to get it signed by the author."

Children from schools across the area, including Friends' School, Great Sampford School, Helena Romanes School and Dame Bradbury's School, listened to the author talk about how his love of flying machines became the inspiration for his latest novel Airman.

"We want to invite lots more authors to Saffron Walden. Bringing schools together is a great way to attract fantastic authors to the town. Obviously publishers want good audiences for their authors, which individual schools can't always achieve. But with so many schools within walking distance of each other, we can guarantee audience numbers. We are extremely grateful to Dame Bradbury's School for offering to host Friday's event," said Mrs Burch.

Copies of all Eoin Colfer's books, together with a full range of other titles are available online at www.hartsbooks.co.uk. For details of forthcoming author visits and book festivals in Saffron Walden, visit www.hartsevents.co.uk.


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