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Children's Author Inspires Pupils

A leading local children’s author visited Cundall Manor School this week to talk about writing and her latest books.​

Jane Clack, from Thirsk, delivered a series of masterclasses to over 80 pupils from Years 3 – 6 as she discussed how she creates her popular children’s books.

Excited children gathered around Mrs Clack as she entertained pupils with stories about where she developed her love of writing and the inspiration behind many of her stories.

Mrs Clack said: “I always wanted to be an author. Ever since I was a child I was a bookworm. My grandfather used to tell me stories while I was sat on his knee and my love of story-telling started from then.”

She added: “The workshops are a great way to do what I really love; writing and sharing it with children.”

Jane Clack, who splits her time between, North Yorkshire, Florida and Europe, told the children about how she was inspired by the story of a solitary Pinta Island Tortoise discovered in the Galapagos. 'Lonesome Lawrie - Into the Unknown' is a story about an unusual creature who lives in an equally bizarre land with problem which he needs to resolve as he sets out on dangerous quest.

Head of Forms 1-4, Stuart Bayne said: “The children loved hearing about all the characters that make up the wonderful stories Jane tells.”

“They had a great day and learned a lot about how to unleash their creative talents. I am sure we will have lots of wonderful stories from our pupils who have been inspired by today’s visit.”

Cundall Manor School was recently shortlisted for the Independent Schools Association Award for Innovation and Excellence in Provision across the junior school.

To find out more about Cundall Manor School or to book a tour, call 01423 360 200 or email

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