Award-winning writer goes back to school

Sarah Hehir with students of The Vale Academy during her visit; from left, Callum Law, Daniel Smith and Holly Gibbs. EMN-150629-074636001
Sarah Hehir with students of The Vale Academy during her visit; from left, Callum Law, Daniel Smith and Holly Gibbs. EMN-150629-074636001
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An award -winning poet, playwright and former student went back to school in Brigg to inspire present-day children.

Sarah Hehir, who won the BBC Writers’ Prize in 2013, led a day-long workshop at The Vale Academy, in which she encouraged 42 participating students to be more creative in their writing.

A former pupil at the school, she worked with students from Years 7 to 10.

Maureen Sullivan, curriculum leader, said Sarah was “engaging and also very good at story telling.”

“Students worked on creating characters and Sarah helped them to develop their ideas,” said Maureen.

“Individually, they completed some ‘free’ writing during which time students wrote about a character, adding in ideas from other students.

“They also had to name their character and then join another to create a script.

“Sarah engaged them in some role play and drama, which the students found exciting and fun.”

Principal Nicola Williams said it had been a memorable day.

“As a former student, Sarah was easy for the young people to relate to,” said Mrs Williams. “It was a very worthwhile session that proved different and inspirational.”