Author set to inspire with rural school tour

A Newport author is preparing to visit pupils across Shropshire as part of a new literacy project to enhance reading, writing and creativity in primary schools.

The Rural Schools Write, Read, Inspire Project has been developed by children’s author Lorna McCann in partnership with The Rural Charity - an offshoot of the Shropshire & West Midlands Agricultural Society.

The aim is to support literacy education in small rural schools by delivering fully-funded author visits and workshops to Key Stage 1 pupils for an entire week.

Schools were asked to apply for a place on the project and selected schools were notified last month.

The first workshop is set to take place at St Lawrence CE Primary School, at Preston on the Weald Moors, just outside Newport, on Monday June 11.

Lorna, who was educated in Newport, will then go on to visit pupils at Lydbury North CE Primary School; St George's CE Primary School in Clun; Brynhafren County Primary School in Crewe Green; and Rushbury CE Primary School in Church Stretton.

As well as encouraging pupils to enjoy reading and writing, the project aims to build stronger links between schools, business and charities.

It will also support the creative work of independent authors like Lorna, with the week-long programme designed to coincide with Indie Author Week UK - an official awareness week founded by Lorna’s publisher, Team Author UK, to celebrate indie authors.

As part of the initiative, Lorna - Amazon bestselling author of ‘Wendy and the Biscuit Tree’ and ‘Felix - the small boy with a BIG imagination’ - will talk to pupils about her writing career from Newport-based journalist to children’s author.

Children will enjoy a storytelling session and learn about the processes involved with writing and publishing a book in a fun and engaging way.