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Budding Bexley authors excited about book boost

PUBLISHED: 12:46 12 June 2014

Isaac Lamb and Tom O'Brien love to read. Picture: www.matthewwalkerphotography.com

Isaac Lamb and Tom O'Brien love to read. Picture: www.matthewwalkerphotography.com

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Two aspiring young authors were delighted when their school received a major book boost from a nearby store.

WH Smith, in Bexleyheath’s Broadway Shopping Centre, nominated Beths Grammar School to be one of the beneficiaries of the 2014 WH Smith Trust Schools Giveaway, and the school was provided with £150 worth of book vouchers.

Isaac Lamb, 14, and Tom O’Brien, 12, are two budding writers who were particularly happy to hear of their school’s luck.

Isaac, of Bexley Village, said: “I’d like to write my own novel one day but I’m not sure yet what the subject would be.

“My favourite author at the moment is Alexander Dumas and I love his novel The Three Musketeers.

“We’re also doing quite a lot of work in school at the moment on analysing the texts of some of the really great English writers, such as William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens and Geoffrey Chaucer. What we’re looking at is their use of language.

“All this has kind of inspired me to perhaps one day become a writer myself.

“I’d like to write novels but, if not, maybe I could go into journalism.

“I think the £150 of book vouchers we’ve received from WH Smith will be very useful to my school and should help lots of the children.”

Tom, of Sidcup, shared this view and added: “I like writing stories at school and the ones I enjoy most are the fictional ones. Maybe one day I’ll try to write my own book.

“For an exercise we’ve been working on a kind of remake of Harry Potter in the style of J K Rowling. It’s a fantasy story with wizards, so that’s quite exciting.

“My favourite author is J K Rowling and I also like Shakespeare because he comes up with some very good storylines. I enjoy reading Dickens too and I thought A Christmas Carol was very interesting.

“The £150 of book vouchers from WH Smith is going to be very useful to the school as lots of us like to read.”

Beths Grammar School English teacher, Dominique Taylor, said: “We’re delighted to receive the vouchers from WH Smith.

“Books are still the staple of any school and reading is the key to success. We’ll be using the vouchers to reward our students for their hard work throughout the year.”

Robin Boden, WH Smith store manager in the Broadway Shopping Centre, added: “We’re really excited to have the opportunity to support Beths Grammar School and help to improve their library facilities.

“It’s also a great way for the staff at WH Smith to get involved with their local community and to build on our work to support improvements in literacy and education.”

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