Some spooky stuff.
What are your favourite opening lines?
In a great event organised by the NZ Book Council we were lucky enough to have the wonderful Joy Cowley come to Raroa. Students of all ages came from schools around the northern suburbs to hear Joy tell and read stories, some that made us jump and others that made us laugh. Her readings from Snake and Lizard were my favourite, especially when Joy told us that snake and lizard were based on her and her husband. Joy's generosity with sharing her writing wisdom with this lucky audience was a privilege to watch. They learnt heaps! Thank you everyone for coming and making it such a fun event.
Raroa was lucky enough to have author, scriptwriter and storyteller Neil Cross come and enthrall us with some of his own story last Thursday. Not only did we get to hear about his love of Dr Who and the Doctor (and his excitement about writing for the show - episodes The Rings of Akhaten and Hide) but we got to be frightened by Neil's creepy retelling of one of his first favourite books, Stephen King's 'Salem's Lot. I loved the look of terrified absorption on the students faces as they watched the trailer for the movie Mama (Neil wrote the screenplay) and was fascinated by what he said about his writing, from when he was young, to now.
I know he inspired some great horror story writing the very next day, and I hope you will all carry on being inspired - to write and read and keep scaring yourselves. (Keep shutting those wardrobe doors!)