V. Campbell Visits OLHS!
On Wednesday Period three, the library was packed with S1 pupils, a few teachers, 4 Creative Writers, a librarian. All who were there to see V. Campbell, the author of the amazing book, Viking Gold.
First, V. Campbell was met by a few creative writers waiting outside the library, desperate to meet her. As you can probably guess, they did meet her, and sadly there was such a thing as time, and that thing was moving on. And yes, in came the first years.
Thousands, if not millions of them burst through the library doors and got seated. (Ok, I admit that that may be a little bit of an exaggeration but it seemed like millions!)
Once teachers had finally calmed the pupils and themselves down, V Campbell began to speak.
It started off with a little introduction of herself, and then a little bit about the book. Many hands were going up and down, up and down, up and down and up and down. (Not an exaggeration.)
Before reading out an extract from her book, she got everyone’s brain active, by asking a few trivial questions about Vikings.
The first was a picture of a stereotypical Viking, and when asked what was wrong with the pictures, two hands nearly shot off to space, that belonged to some creative writers (who shall remain nameless). Of course, the answer was that Vikings did not have horns on their helmets, and this picture did have them.
After a few more questions and fact giving, Campbell started to read an extract from Viking Gold, her debut novel.
It was at this point that a new world record was broken, most number of goslings (don’t ask) and first years ever to be quiet for the longest amount of time.
I’m sure that explains fully, how good the book sounded. Many bodies in the library(see what I did there?) were just amazed and blown away from the wonders and magic of the book.
After reading the outstanding extract, V.Campbell continued to talk about what it’s like to be a writer. She gave many tips and tricks to help write something amazing (like she did). For example, she gave a quote by Anton Chekhov:
Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.
Campbell said that this was a great quote to help you remember important things about describing. It is always a good thing to describe, but when you describe what your describing , it suddenly sounds much better.
Many other writing techniques and tricks were given by V.Campbell, and many first years were taking lots of mental notes, and so were a lot of others in the room.
Nearer the end, Campbell had a picture of a cute little Wolf cub up on the board , that represented a character in her book. Yet again, another record was set, the most EVER “Aww!”s said in the space of a minute. (It was after the minute that teachers had to contain themselves, and shush the pupils.)
When it came to question time, lots of hands shot up in the air, again.
“Why did you write a book about Vikings?
“How many other books have you written?”
“What’s your favourite genre of book?”
“How heavy is the sword?”
“So you are a lawyer then?”
And that’s just some of millions (possible exaggeration) of questions that were asked.
Sadly however, not all of the questions could be answered, as the bell had rang for period 4, and they had to go back to lessons, and V.Campbell had to move to another school. Sadly.
With first years back in class, with the more knowledge on Vikings than a real Viking, the Creative Writers just had to keep V Campbell a little longer.
Don’t tell the first years this, but the Creative writers actually got to hold the REAL sword, the REAL Viking helmet (that weighed a tonne) and the REAL (and very oily) Chain-mail.
As well as that, many conversations and questions were started and asked. From talking about Samurai swords, to asking if they could get her autograph.
After cleaning up afterwards and back in class, Mrs Macfadyen and V. Campbell had a very well deserved break. However, they weren’t getting away that lightly.
At lunch time, the creative writers shot in the room again and were on time to have a quick lunch and chat with V Campbell. She signed some copies of her book and and got some directions to her next school, and then, sadly had to go.
And that was that. The Creative Writers were silent for the rest of their lives.
The creative writers, and even first years are still talking about V.Campbell’s visit to the school. More and more people have been buying her books, and many people are actually addicted to the book, and my soon need psychiatric help.
So all in all, everyone enjoyed the author visit, even those who weren’t in the library, felt the presence of a magical author in the school.
We were all very grateful for V. Campbell taking her time out to give us a visit. So, sadly there is no other phrase that can describe how we feel, but…
THANK YOU V.CAMPBELL !
By Aaron ;D