The kids learnt that to write stories they had to “just keep writing.”
The usually silent British library echoed with the lessons of writing as a young audience gaped in silence. The speaker was Jenny Valentine, a U.K. based children's fiction writer.
“The kids are very enthusiastic. Some were funny, some factual and some imaginative. We have a mixed group and they can write different style of books” says Jenny “In an age when internet and television have invaded the kids' minds, books seem to be an apt option to develop the creativity of the children. Books give unlimited scope for imagination,” she says.
Jenny Valentine writes for children in two age categories. One is for 6 and up and second category is for the above 12s. She has won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize with her debut novel, “Finding Violet park”. “Iggy and me”, “Broken Soup” and “The Ant Colony” are her other works.
Wanting to tap her experiences for the children's festival, Mr. Ajay Merchant from the British Library and his crew made special efforts to bring Jenny over to Hyderabad. “Children will definitely learn a lot from Jenny.
This is the first event of its kind only for children. We aim to bring more novelists for the benefit of all,” Mr. Ajay Merchant says.
The children were from Bhartiya Vidya Bhavans, Jubilee Hills Public School, Mount Mercy School (Khajaguda), and Oakridge International, institutional members of British Library. The kids were happy to get a lesson on writing. As Vanshika Kapoor, Std. V student from Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan's, Jubilee Hills has written a small story on “the Elephant and its Trunk” during the session tells excitedly “I have learnt how to start a story and how to keep the readers engaged throughout” While Divyansh, a Std. IV student from Oakridge International, said. “ It is a very interesting session. I have learnt that one must keep writing. You need not plan a lot. Just keep writing.”