My Year 5 class attended your talk, at Waterstones in
Sutton. I have been asked, by Julia Burridge,
to send you some feedback from this.
The talk, on "Aggie Lichen; Pilp collector", was a
thoroughly enjoyable one for all children. They heard about
the process of writing the book aswell as extracts from the
The personal touch; how ideas were gathered, how the drafts were produced etc, ensured
all children felt able to go away and write themselves. Many of the children bought
the book and have since commented on their enjoyment of it.
I would like to pass on my Thanks to Debra for her
inspirational talk and thought provoking book.
Thanks again for the opportunity to hear you speak about the book.
Kingswood Primary School, Lower Kingswood, Surrey
...looking at the scripts and books in their different stages.
...hearing about the Grublings because we liked the idea of them. Also the other
characters because they have realistic personalities.
...hearing about your ideas and how they linked to your life story and why.
...having a bit read to us as it gave it a taste of your book.
...enthusiasm coming from you for your book.
...inspiration to help us start writing our own books.
...the process of publishing a book and how long it takes. Matthew is not sure whether
he wants to be an author anymore!! It hasn't changed Hayley's mind,
though, and she is in the middle of writing her second novel.
...the mistakes that happened when it was published.
We found the talk interesting because we learnt lots about planning stories, inspiration
for ideas and publishing. There was a good mixture of things to look at, talking
and discussing. You explained well. We could see how hard it
was to get a book published. It was weird to see the story in just paperform before
it was a book. We liked looking at the mistakes because it was funny and we liked
seeing all the crossing out bits. We liked having the opportunity to
ask you questions because it meant that we could find out even more information.
We thought it was interesting to get different questions from different children
and the answers you gave were clear.
Aggie is stroppy so it is really funny. She is grumpy and never wants to take her
sister out and she is really mean to her - it is funny. Aggie is odd because she
cries over a dress; she calls her sister names but cuddles her the next minute. In
the beginning it shows she takes after her dad. I think is Aggie is like an ordinary
teenager that always wants her way.
The book is absolutely awesome and I recommend it for everyone.
This book is excellent for all ages.
It is so funny you will laugh your socks off!
This book encourages we to write more stories especially as I have met the author
who told me how to become an author.
Thank you for coming to talk to us - I've been inspired!
Thank you for a very educational and interesting talk to the pupils yesterday. As
you requested, I have written a short report on your visit and included some of the
children's comments. They were very impressed with the extracts you read and those
who bought books have got stuck into them straight away!
Year 6 Teacher
Dunton Green Primary School
Debra Edwards visited children in Key Stage 2 at Dunton Green Primary School on 9th
February, 2006. This event was part of our Book Fortnight celebrations. Debra explained
the process of writing which reinforces what is taught in the classroom, including
planning, drafting and redrafting and proofreading thoroughly. She also inspired
some of the children to consider becoming authors themselves. All the children were
captivated by the enthusiasm with which Debbie talked and shared extracts from her
Here are some of the Year 6 pupils’ comments:
Debbie Edwards is a children’s author. She has just written her first book. Debbie
taught us a lot about writing a story, such as how to set it out and where inspiration
can come from. When she read the first chapter to us, I thought it was detailed and
I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next. Debbie takes a lot of time on her
plan and she likes to make her characters realistic. Lauren M and Dylan
I enjoyed seeing Debbie because she talked to us about how to write a story and it
will help me to write my own stories. Robyn
Debbie Edwards is a funny and bubbly person; her personality is like her book. She
wrote about a teenager tooth fairy with an attitude. I only heard a few paragraphs
but it sounds really good. I can’t wait until I read my own copy. Eda
Debra’s book is so cool. I am reading it at the moment. I think the 13 year old girl
is very funny. I also love the way she writes all her ideas in a book. I definitely
would recommend her book. Mary
Debbie read out parts of her new book Aggie Lichen: Pilp Collector. She was very
nice and she let us have her signature. Oliver
Debbie has put a lot of description in her story, which is set in a fantasy world
but is realistic. I really enjoyed her visit to our school. Kyra
Debbie Edwards has made me thing about becoming an author and publishing my own book.
All Saints Benhilton CoE Primary School, Sutton, Surrey
Visit from Debra Edwards 29th/30th April 2014 to All Saints Benhilton Sutton
Workshop and author talk
Feedback from teachers:
It was fantastic; Debbie had the children completely engaged. We started to read
the first ‘Aggie Lichen’ book and the children are keen to continue reading the rest
of the series.
The workshop made the children think about characters in a story and how to build
information about them so that they were a 3D creation. It inspired the class to
The author talk helped the children to understand the process of writing a book and
the many stages that it involved. The children heard how even published authors needed
to edit and re-write texts to improve them.
Feedback from children:
My teacher is reading the first book and I really like the story; I’ve bought the
second book so that I can carry on reading.
The talk was good because I learnt all about getting a book published. We heard about
ways to get ideas for writing.
She wasn’t boring but had lots of energy and I wanted to listen. It was good hearing
an author read from their own book.
I liked creating a character from the different objects. We had lots of discussion
in our group about what the character could be like. It was hard to begin with but
the more we talked about the objects the character became more real.