Dark Lord author descends on Henham & Ugley school

Children at Henham & Ugley Primary School enjoted the author's visit

Children at Henham & Ugley Primary School enjoted the author's visit - Credit: Archant

THE Dark Lord descended on the children at Henham & Ugley Primary and Nursery School, disguised as inspirational author.

Jamie Thomson

Jamie Thomson - Credit: Archant

Jamie Thomson, whose book Dark Lord: the Teenage Years won the Roald Dahl Funny Prize in 2012, visited the school and entertained the children in an exciting and engaging session.

Mr Thomson, who has written numerous novels and ‘choose-your-own-adventure’ type gamebooks, as well as developing computer games, explained the story behind his Dark Lord series, based on the lead character Dirk Lloyd, and revealed how to talk and laugh like a ‘dark lord’.

He explained how important characterisation is in stories, at which point the classroom filled with deep voices as the children practised some of the Dark Lord’s phrases.

Headteacher Sue Giles said: “The children were so excited about Jamie’s visit. Many read the books before he arrived and others have purchased them to be signed. They have lots of ideas for their own writing stimulated by his talk. What more could we ask?”

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