Children's author Joseph Delaney lifted the lid on the world of his popular 'Spooks' series of books when he visited Accrington Academy on 11th July.
Whilst at the academy, the bestselling author gave a special presentation about his creations, which inspired the film ‘Seventh Son’ starring Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore and which tell the tale of hero Tom Ward and his training to become a Spook.
Talking to an enthralled audience which included students from Hyndburn Academy and St Christopher’s, the best-selling author told how the Spooks series contained references to his own childhood, which had helped him to create a mythical version of his home county of Lancashire, based on real people and places. He also unveiled his new series of books, Aberration – The Beast Awakens.
During the visit, Joseph also met Year 7 students Henry Price and Samuel Hopkins, who have become triple literacy millionaires, thanks to their passion for reading.
Commented Sam, who is a super fan of the author’s books:
“Joseph is my hero. It was a fantastic experience to be able to meet him – I didn’t think I would be able to speak!”
Commenting on the visit, Accrington Academy’s Head of School, Nicola Palmer said:
"Visits by authors such as Joseph are an important part of our commitment to provide an education with character. Discovering that Joseph lives locally was also an incredibly powerful message for those wanting to pursue a career in writing - it made them aware that it is an achievable aspiration."