Special guests help celebrate storytelling

PUPILS at a Lancing school were entertained by two special guests as part of their World Book Day celebrations.

Storyteller James Crawford, a regular visitor to the Sir Robert Woodard Academy over the last seven years, came in to tell some traditional tales.

Library manager Susan Waton said: “He is a very talented teller of tales, and captivates the students’ attention with his clever and intriguing stories of heroism and quick-thinking.

“The stories are traditional, from many countries, but all have a moral or a universal truth at their heart.”

Mrs Waton said the students thought it was the best lesson ever and really enjoyed the ‘amazing’ voices.

Sports writer Dan Freedman gave a talk on how he got into football journalism and followed the England team to two World Cups, interviewing stars such as Frank Lampard and Rio Ferdinand.

“His talk inspired students to believe that with determination and enthusiasm anyone can work in the competitive sports industry, you just have to keep trying,” said Mrs Waton.

Dan has now branched out into full time writing, with the Jamie Johnson series of books that follows a young footballer through his career.

“Dan’s books are always out on loan from the library, proving that he knows just how to capture the interest of teenage readers,” said Mrs Waton. “All in all, it was an excellent celebration of World Book Day 2014.”