Visit to Portsmouth High

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We have now successfully made our third stop in the Wolves Within book tour, having just this morning visited a fellow GDST school, Portsmouth High. It was an absolutely wonderful visit, beginning with a warm welcome from the staff and girls alike. As before I had the privilege of giving a talk to the Year 7s and 8s, as well a few interested sixth formers.

The sight that greeted me when I first walked into the hall warmed my heart: the waiting girls had their heads buried in books, and I was treated to unbridled enthusiasm when I later mentioned Biff, Chip and Kipper books, Enid Blyton and Harry Potter to them. I knew then that we were all on the same wavelength! After the talk the girls asked intelligent, insightful questions and I was awed and humbled by the fact that one girl had already finished writing a novel, and another had just started her first novel after writing many short stories. Both were aged only 11 or 12. It made me wonder just how much talent is hidden among such a wonderful group of young girls.

All in all a very fulfilling and inspiring visit, and my heartfelt thanks to Marie Bartlett for setting it up, and all the other staff who made me feel so welcome on the day. Public speaking doesn’t come easily to me, but all your support made it seem effortless!

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Shivon is a young author in the process of writing her trilogy, Prism of Truth, a mystery series about a girl set on vengeance for her mother's death. Contact Shivon now at

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