Warrior Boy Author, Virginia Clay, inspires students from Highfield
Virginia Clay, author of Warrior Boy, visited Highfield School last week to talk to students in Years 5 to 8 about her new novel and the real life story behind it.
During her inspirational hour-long interactive presentation, Virginia spoke to the students about the research she did for Warrior Boy into Maasai culture and elephant conservation. She involved the children in a creative writing exercise and left them brimming with their own creative writing ideas.
Shortlisted for the Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition, Warrior Boy is a timely, thrilling and emotional story of adventure and belonging. Inspired by Virginia Clay’s time living and working in the novel’s stunning setting of Maasai Mara, Kenya, teaching English to Maasai children, the story explores themes of masculinity, identity and overcoming fear, as well as touching on environmental conservation and the protection of threatened cultures.
Phillip Evitt, Headmaster at Highfield School, said,
“We were extremely privileged to have Virginia visit Highfield. The children were treated to a thoroughly enjoyable, entertaining and educational presentation and came away feeling inspired and with lots of fantastic ideas of how to improve their own creative writing.”
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