Acclaimed children's author visits junior school

By Barrie Hudson - 28 November 2023

EducationArts and Culture
  • Author Rachel Delahaye at Noremarsh

    Author Rachel Delahaye at Noremarsh

Children's author Rachel Delahaye gave an interactive workshop at Noremarsh Junior School in Royal Wootton Bassett.

Perhaps best known for eco-themed novel Day of the Whale, Rachel has just published a new book called When Frankie Made a Human, through which Year 6 pupils were introduced to the world of dark Halloween-themed humour. 

Addressing children's fears, the workshop aimed to make ‘silliness win’ and ‘make fun of fear’. 

The children brought to life ‘Dave Bob the gauger’, with his ridiculously low voice and scarily shredded tuxedo, and the children proved that using dark humour can transform anything from scary to funny. 

The workshops were a great success, featuring zombies with bad breath and spiders with silly faces. Rachel had all of the children’s imaginations soaring, and one said: “I have been making my own comics and love to use dark humour.”

Headteacher Hilary Macmeekin said: “Reading is such an important part of our curriculum. Having set myself the goal of reading my height in books by the end of the year, I have already surpassed my goal and am now working to reach the top of the wall. 

"This challenge gives me the opportunity to discover new books to recommend to children at Noremarsh. Rachel is an incredible author and her books are a favourite amongst the children, so we were very excited to have her visit. 

"I love the diversity of her books from dark humour to thought provoking dystopian novels, there is something for everyone. I would highly recommend them. 

"We are really lucky to have had Rachel in school with us, working with a published author like this is an inspiration for our children and the writing they produced with her and from her workshop was rich and darkly funny. 

"I really enjoyed sharing their work.”






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