Author visits imaginary city built in Ilford school

PUBLISHED: 15:30 26 September 2016 | UPDATED: 15:30 26 September 2016

Polly Ho-Yen visits the Isaac Newton Academy in Ilford

Polly Ho-Yen visits the Isaac Newton Academy in Ilford


After watching a giant slug invade their school, students were relieved to discover it wasn’t the work of a villain.

Children’s author Polly Ho-Yen, visited Isaac Newton Academy, in Cricklefield Place, Ilford, last Wednesday.

In July, the new year 7 students were presented with a copy of her book The Boy in the Tower, and asked to design buildings inspired by the stories.

Christian Butler-Zanetti, the school librarian, said the meeting went very well.

He said: “Polly was really astounded to see so many amazing projects inspired by her book and spent every free moment she had clicking away on her camera!

After hosting a lively assembly featuring a giant slug, Polly led a lucky troupe of year 7s in a creative writing workshop in which she shared the secrets of her storytelling success.

“After that, the rest of the school had a chance to meet Polly in the library where she signed copies of her brand new book, Where Monsters Lie.

“On her twitter feed, Polly eagerly shared photos of our projects and described being ‘blown away’ by her day.

“By all accounts, we felt the same way.”

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