Author pops in to pass on tips

Top author Darren Shan with pupils from Lytham High School.
Top author Darren Shan with pupils from Lytham High School.
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TALK of Vampires, demons and zombies made for some spine-tingling literacy lessons in two Fylde coast schools as a top author paid a visit.

Childrens’ horror writer Darren Shan, dropped in to Lytham St Annes Technology and Performing arts College and Kirkham Grammar to promote his latest book.

The writer, whose novels have been translated into 31 languages, has topped best seller lists around the world.

But sharing his love of writing was the theme as he spoke to pupils about his latest book, Brothers to the Death.

Using voices to bring his characters to life, he answered questions about his work and signed books at both schools.

Fran James, a spokeswoman from Kirkham Grammar School, said: “Darren read out extensive extracts from two of his books and talked about his writing and characters.

“The response from his audience was excellent and he took time to answer the many questions which were asked.”

“This was a great opportunity for our pupils to meet a world-famous author.”

David Finnigan, literacy teacher at Lytham High School, said: “Darren Shan is a writer who gets boys reading and this is really important.

“The students understand Darren’s genre and this is a huge benefit.

“The fact he writes series of novels is great too because it draws pupils in and gets them reading.”

Kate Hughes, a year 7 pupil said: “The day was thrilling and creepy. I enjoyed meeting him, his books. They always have a good story line.”