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Norwich school pupils write their own book

PUBLISHED: 06:30 14 January 2010 | UPDATED: 07:26 02 July 2010

Hewett School librarian Leif Ahnland with pupils Vanessa Blyth and Connor Bell, both 14, and the new book.Photo: Andy Darnell

Hewett School librarian Leif Ahnland with pupils Vanessa Blyth and Connor Bell, both 14, and the new book.Photo: Andy Darnell

Kim Briscoe

Young writers at a city school have clubbed together to write their own book.

Young writers at a city school have clubbed together to write their own book.

Members of the creative writing club at the Hewett School crafted the story, “The Librarian's Revenge”, and now have the satisfaction of seeing their work in print.

The club is run by school librarian Leif Ahnland who said the students themselves came up with the idea for a book.

It was initially meant to be an anthology of stories by the students, but grew into a tale about a librarian who keeps on finding mysterious books, each of which is a story by a pupil.

Climate change, the collapse of society and an obsession with books are three of the main themes which pin together the complex web of narratives.

Mr Ahnland, who oversaw the project and helped to write the finished story, said the students had enjoyed collaborating in the creative writing, whether it was re-writing and adding to someone else's work or sharing ideas and feedback.

He said: “The students have seen that if they want to do something and work hard at it, they can achieve it more often than not.

“I think they surprised themselves with what they have managed to do.”

Seriously Responsible Print produced the book, with an initial print run of 100, which is hoped to be extended, and two copies have been given to the Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library at the Forum.

Although the book's author is credited as C W Hewett, which stands for Creative Writing Hewett, each pupil who contributed is recognised in an index, as well as other contributors such members of maintenance staff and the school's assistant headteacher.

Vanessa Blyth, 14, wrote one of the stories featured in the book.

She said: “It was a really good experience. We got a blog set up so we could all post what we had written, and bounce ideas off each other.

“It's really amazing how they have got it all to fit together.

“It's good that we have all written something and published a book.”

Mary Donegan, 14, came up with the idea for the front cover, which was then drawn up by a graphic artist.

She said: “I felt it needed a tattered look like it had been lost at the bottom of a box somewhere as that suited what the book is about.”

Do you have a story for the Evening News? Contact reporter Kim Briscoe on 01603 772419 or email kim.briscoe@archant.co.uk.

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