Children’s author, Laura James, visits Swindon schools to inspire students in the run up to World Book Day

By Jamie Hill - 3 March 2020

PrimaryArts and Culture

Last week, Laura James visited five primary schools in Swindon to talk about being an author, and to inspire children to get creative themselves. Her visit was organised by local literacy campaign, Swindon Stories, to celebrate the joy of reading in the run up to World Book Day.

  • Author Laura James with competition winner Amy Fernandes

    Author Laura James with competition winner Amy Fernandes

Laura James is author of the Pug series and the Fabio, the world’s greatest flamingo detective series of books for children. Her first book, Captain Pug, was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize in 2017.

Children at each of the schools even had an opportunity to enter a competition to create their own animal character, inspired by the range of wonderful animal characters in Laura’s books. The winner was Amy Fernandes who won a bundle of Laura James books to take home!

Laura James said, “I’ve spent a very happy couple of days meeting the staff and pupils of five local primary schools as part of Swindon Stories.  We’ve laughed, chatted about books and thought like detectives. Together we've created our very own mysteries with an array of colourful characters.  Who could forget Biggy, the unusually short, green and red giraffe? Or Jim, a bank robber with spikey blue hair who’s recently been released from jail?  Fortunately we also came up with some very good detectives to solve the crimes (frequently called Bob) and a loyal side-kick or two. Imagination was certainly in rich supply!”

Anish Harrison, Swindon Stories Manager said: “We are so pleased that Laura was able to generously give her time to inspire young people across Swindon to enjoy reading, and use their own imaginations to create characters and stories. The children had a brilliant time!”

To find out more about Swindon Stories please go to

To learn more about Laura James’ books, you can visit her website here: .

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