Abi Elphinstone, author of ‘The Dream Snatcher’, wowed children from years 3, 4, 5 and 6 at Cumnor House in Danehill with her wild and wonderful tales of adventure, and how she was inspired to write a trilogy for children based on her adventurous childhood.
The pupils were enthralled as she talked about meeting Eagle Hunters in Mongolia, hang-gliding over the sea, and jumping into frozen lochs in Scotland, and ended the talk by engaging in a most spectacular and rapturous applause, complete with foot-stomping!
“To become a writer, you just need two things: a good idea and the will to never give up,” she explained to the children, after telling them he book was rejected 96 times before becoming published. She emphasised the need for exploration in an age of technology, and encouraged children to go outside and see the ‘magic of our world.’
After her talk, she signed copies of her book and answered the many questions the pupils had for her about her favourite animals, adventures, countries and characters.
Report and picture contributed by Cumnor House.