Newbury Park pupils help Jimmy Coates writer Joe Craig come up with new story

Joe Craig at Oaks Park High School, with Hafsah Yousaf, 13, and Inthesar Rahman, 13

Joe Craig at Oaks Park High School, with Hafsah Yousaf, 13, and Inthesar Rahman, 13 - Credit: Archant

An author had students “rolling in the aisles” during a talk about his latest book in which a young boy discovers he is part robot.

Joe Craig, author of Jimmy Coates: Killer, spoke to more than 200 Year 8 students at Oaks Park High School, Oaks Lane, Newbury Park on Friday.

He told the students about how he became a writer and his initial inspiration for his book.

Linda Hayes, librarian at the school, said: “He had them on the edge of their seats. He was so funny he could have been a stand-up comedian. He had them rolling in the aisles.”

During the talk to 240 pupils he asked them questions and used their answers to weave the plot for a story.


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Mrs Hayes added: “He had kids throwing ideas at him and embroidered a whole story. He did it at such a fast pace he was amazing.”

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