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BBC School News Report Interview

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Hi all

At the invitation of English teacher Mr Green, I recently took my creative writing workshops into Monks’ Dyke Tennyson College.

After a fun day of plotting stories and creating characters with the students, I was lucky enough to be interviewed by budding reporters Holly and Amy, who are taking part in the BBC School News Report project. Holly and Amy came up with some interesting questions and you can hear my responses by clicking on the audio below. Together we covered what my inspirations are for plots and characters, the history of my writing (including comic books), and my new book Jekyll’s Mirror.

You can also visit the school’s BBC report page by clicking this link

Many thanks to Holly, Amy, Mr Green and the school for allowing me to use this clip.

Ghoulish Goings On At St George’s College!

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Hello all

Before the summer holidays I visited the brilliant St George’s College in Weybridge. Mr Waight kindly wrote up this report of the events for the school newsletter and has allowed me to reproduce it here (names of students have been removed due to school policy):

‘On July 3, author William Hussey visited St George’s College to give three presentations. He started the day by discussing the writer’s craft with the Sixth Form English students, followed this with a terrifying mock witch trial with the First Years and finally gave a haunting talk on the Gothic genre to the Second Years.

The First Year students were immediately engaged by William’s presence, learning how he became interested in writing and the historical events surrounding witchcraft in Civil War Britain. Having been educated on the traditional instruments used by witchfinders of the time, including the terrifying bodkin, the students were ready for their very own witch trial. [student name] was the unfortunate student accused of being a witch – and with the help of townsfolk, his fate – guilty! – was sealed by the jury of 120 first years.

When the Second Years arrived in the afternoon, they were given a brief history of the horror story before William focused on the classic novel ‘Dracula’, dispelling certain myths about vampires – Stoker’s original creation CAN walk in sunlight. This was followed by the ultimate battle: Dracula versus Van Helsing.

In all three sessions, the students were totally engaged with William, which is testament to his fantastic public speaking ability. All of the lower school students were treated to a reading from one of William’s books, where new meaning was given to the phrase ‘bringing words to life’. The students asked thought-provoking and interesting questions once each presentation was completed, although the Second Years did have a strange obsession with discovering William’s favourite horror film (The Shining).

The students and staff at St George’s are incredibly grateful to William for giving up his time. The queue of students lining up to purchase a signed copy of his novels speaks volumes as to the impact that William had on his young listeners. The event was a roaring success and was described by Mrs Rowlatt, Head of English, as: “thoroughly entertaining and spine-chilling; William Hussey has the gift of stimulating and surprising his audience in equal measure”.

The Scribblers of Kirk Hallam College & The Piano Room

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

At the kind invitation of the wonderful team at World Book Day and brilliant school librarian Miss Bredgaard, I recently visited Kirk Hallam Community Technology & Sports College. It was a blazing hot day, so I thought that providing that trademark Witchfinder tingle of terror might be a bit more of a challenge. I needn’t have worried. With all the children assembled in Kirk Hallam’s terrific library, I began my usual hunt for nefarious witches with a reading from the first Witchfinder book and, as usual, the infamous BOO! moment got everyone in the right mood.

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What was particularly brilliant about this school visit was that it coincided with the Scribblers’ annual awards ceremony. The Scribblers is a creative writing club for pupils within the school. During the lunch hour we were treated to brief extracts from the scribblers’ work – a lively, atmospheric and wonderfully varied array of prose and poetry that left me reeling with admiration for these young writers.

Prior to the visit Miss Bredgaard asked if I would present the prize for Best in Show – the piece of writing judged the most accomplished of all the entrants (a very difficult task for the judges, as every entry I heard that day was exceptionally good). Of course, I was honoured to present the prize, but asked if the winning piece could be sent to me before the visit. Now, I was very tired the morning I received Miss Bredgaard’s email. After a delayed flight home from my holiday, I had arrived back in England at 2am and needed to catch up on some sleep. So I opened the email thinking I would just scan the contents and read it more carefully later…

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