STEYNING was the first stop for best-selling author Chris Bradford on his latest promotional tour.
A black belt in samurai swordmanship, the author is best known for his children’s fictional series, Young Samurai.
Year-eight students at Steyning Grammar School’s Church Street site were given an energetic presentation, to promote his latest novel, Ambush, the third book in his Bodyguard trilogy, which is released today.
Donna Moore, school librarian, said: “The beauty of Chris’s presentation and his books is that they unusually appeal to both boys and girls.
“This was vividly demonstrated during his ‘training session’ and afterwards, from the reactions students gave to me in the library at break time.
“An author who can bring his work alive to students helps us here at the school to further the enjoyment and importance of reading for pleasure.”
An author who can bring his work alive to students helps us here at the school to further the enjoyment and importance of reading for pleasureDonna Moore, school librarian
Chris uses a technique called method writing, fully immersing himself in his subject. For his latest series, he embarked on an intensive course to become a qualified bodyguard.
He shared many of the secrets and skills he had learned with the students and their self defence and reaction skills were put to the test. Willing volunteers took part in interactive scenarios, including how to spot danger in a crowd and protecting a VIP.
Literacy leader Cheryse Rahaman said: “The whole experience was amazing. If we can immerse the students in the fictional world to enthuse their own writing abilities and ideas, then we have won half the battle. Chris Bradford was very entertaining, engaging and an inspiration to all.”