Coco Caramel author visits Durrington

A WELL-KNOWN children’s author encouraged pupils to write and embrace daydreams at a recent visit to Durrington Middle School.

Author Cathy Cassidy visits the school
Author Cathy Cassidy visits the school

Cathy Cassidy, signed copies of her latest book, gave a power point presentation and took part in a Q&A with the children. She has also responded to emails the children have sent her since the event.

Emily Taylor, 11, said: “It has inspired me to try day dreaming when I write.”

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Farrah Daughtrey, 11, added: “Her day dreaming is so detailed that the characters become real and I feel part of the story.”

Year 5,6 and 7 students, including ‘reading millionaires’, took part in the visit. The millionaires are children who have read more than one million words over the course of the year. It is the highest reading attainment in the school.

Jane Cresswell, assistant head teacher at Durrington First and Middle Schools, said: “The children were just ecstatic about it. They were fans before but this has pushed it even further. There’s nothing like a real author coming in is there?”

The school is now considering holding similar events on a termly basis.

Cathy said the school had an exceptionally wonderful library that enabled children to read and research literature.