Famous author inspires Essa students 

Essa students with author Philip Caveney
Essa students (l-r) Joshua Lee Finch, aged 12, and James Tomlinson, aged 13, with author Philip Caveney.

To celebrate World Book Day on Thursday March 4, students at the Essa Academy were visited by a famous author.
Philip Caveney, who was shortlisted for the Bolton Children’s Book Awards last year, spoke about his experiences as an author and how he got into the profession. After giving the talk, the author formally opened the academy’s library.

Students were able to ask questions of Mr Caveney about the books he has published over the last 32 years, including the popular Sebastian Darke series.

In addition to Mr Caveney’s visit, students have been acting as librarians throughout lunch time. Students have been given a £1 voucher for one of the World Book Day books published for the occasion.

A bookmark competition is also taking place in the library, with the student who creates the best bookmark winning two cinema tickets.

Showk Badat, Principal of the Essa Academy, said: “One of the greatest gifts in life is the passion for reading; it distracts, it excites, it empowers and it is through this empowerment that our young people will be able to shape their lives for the better.

“My considerable thanks go to Philip Caveney for giving up his time to make a difference.”

Councillor Ebrahim Adia, Executive Member for Children’s Services at Bolton Council, co-sponsor of the academy, said: “Getting young people interested in reading is so important, both for education and for pleasure.

“I’m sure that Mr Caveney will have inspired many of the academy’s students to either read more or look into becoming authors themselves.”

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