Author Visits Teign School

Fantasy author, Dean GE Matthews (who lives in Kingsteignton) visited Teign School’s Creative Writing Club on Wednesday 16th October to inspire the students by reading from his book ‘The Dark Taal’. Dean has written a number of short stories in his life but this is his first published novel set in a world of dragons, gods, witches, fantasy creatures and wizards.

Around twenty students and staff met with Dean and were able to ask him about the writing process, his books and life as an author. The visit was a fascinating insight into what it is like to be a writer.

Following the book reading and questions, Dean asked the students to start a piece of creative writing inspired by the book extracts they heard. After half term, the students will read out their work and following a vote the best piece of writing will win a copy of ‘The Dark Taal’.

Dean said:

“It was nice to speak to a group of young adults who showed such an interest in the journey I followed in getting my books to the publication. I really enjoyed the experience and hoped I inspired the students to write, as they certainly inspired me!”

Teign’s Creative Writing Club meets every Wednesday after school and attracts students of all ages. In the club, students are usually shown a picture or object for inspiration and then write a poem, piece of creative writing or play based on what they see. Some students are part way through writing a novel themselves and some have entered a National poetry competition this term so the school has some authors in the making!

“It was kind of Dean to offer to visit the school to tell us about his book”, said organiser Jo Halse (Library Manager). “Live events bring reading to life as no one knows a book like the author who wrote it!”


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