John Barrowman visits St Katherine's
By blakesymesc | Thursday, March 07, 2013, 11:13
Everyone at St
Katherine's School in Ham Green were thrilled to welcome star of stage and
screen John Barrowman and his sister Carole to promote their new book " Bone Quill" .
The reason that St. Katherine's
had been chosen is thanks to their enthusiastic Librarian Lucy Edwards who has
an excellent working relationship with Waterstone's, the book sellers, and
secured the visit - an amazing coup for the school!
Mrs Edwards explained
"It all happened very quickly, I had some preliminary conversations with Waterstone's
and then before we knew it, the event had become a reality, all within just 10
days! There was such a buzz of excitement around school, from all the teachers
as well as the students! Everyone has had a fantastic day."
John is known for
his portrayal of Captain Jack in the BBC's Doctor Who and Torchwood, as well as
being a celebrated West End Star. John's
sister, Carole E. Barrowman, is a journalist and English professor in Wisconsin.
As a writing team, they collaborated on John's Sunday Times bestselling
autobiography "Anything Goes" and
follow-up, "I Am What I Am." "Hollow
Earth", their first book for children, earned excellent critical praise, "Bone Quill" continues the story begun in
"Hollow Earth" about twins Matt and
Em Calder. They are Animare - which means they can bring their drawings to life
– and they will need all their powers to stop mysterious forces bent on
releasing an army of beasts from Hollow Earth.
The audience of over
300 was made up of St Katherine's Year 8, plus students from various reading
groups throughout the school. Year 5 and
6 children from Crockerne C of E Primary and Year 5 from Avonmouth Primary were also invited to
attend and enjoyed meeting with John and Carole when they had their books
signed. Both John and Carole gave a fascinating and amusing talk about their
how their love of art inspired them to write these stories. They challenged the
audience with some tricky questions that received some excellent answers! There
were also some great questions asked in the Q & A session after too!
Sammons, added "This has been an
excellent day for St Katherine's, we have had a number of famous authors visit
us over the past few years, but John is the biggest name from the world of TV
and Film we have ever welcomed. Our school
is all about making the most of new and exciting opportunities and I'm sure our
students will remember this for the rest of their lives!
After John and
Carole's visit to St Katherine's he took
part in an interview with Richard Bacon on Radio 5 Live and then went onto Waterstone's
at The Mall in Cribbs Causeway where large crowds had gathered to greet him.