|Pupils from St Paul’s High School gather round Curtis
to get their books signed
Curtis visited schools as far as Wythenshawe, where he began the week at St Paul’s High School on Tuesday 17thJune. Year 7 pupils were motivated to stick by their hobbies, for one day they might become their careers.
|Manchester Communications Academy pupils Kyra
Macdonald and Brandon Hughes with Curtis Jobling
Curtis then travelled straight to Manchester Communication Academy, where he encouraged pupils to take part in the Neville Johnson Comic Strip competition, which is judged by Curtis himself. Pupils eagerly queued for Curtis to sign copies of Wereworld and Haunt, and thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon.
On Wednesday, Curtis hit Stockport to visit the year 7 pupils at Reddish Vale Technology College, as well as year 6 pupils from local feeder school, Abingdon Primary. He read extracts from his Wereworld series, as well as the first chapter of his new book, Haunt: Dead Scared.
Pupil, Ellie Williams, said “I can’t wait to read Haunt as Curtis made it sound so exciting”. Haunt seemed to go down a storm with another pupil, Normaan Akram, adding “I will definitely be reading Haunt, Curtis is very inspiring”.
Curtis ended this week’s author visits to schools on Thursday by visiting St Bede’s College in Whalley Range. Curtis drew examples of his work, featuring images of Bob the Builder, Raa Raa the Noisy Lion, and Curious Cow. “I enjoyed the way Curtis explained everything and how he drew the pictures.” Year 7 pupil Dmargio Wright-Philips told us.
Teacher, Mr Joyce-O’Keefe, added “Today was very stimulation and interesting for the pupils. He has shown them how a hobby can become a career, and that is inspirational to them”.