The Perse School

‘Socks are not Enough’

15 Feb 2013

Local author Mark Lowery was in school this week to talk to our Year 7 students. He is a qualified primary school teacher who holds an MA in Writing for Children and has carried out research into the form and function of humour in children’s literature.

“Socks are not Enough” is his first novel which has been shortlisted for several children’s book prizes, including the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2012.

Having talked to the students about how he had been inspired to put pen to paper, Mark challenged them to consider the worst possible thing that could happen as they sat in the Lecture Theatre that afternoon.  There was much discussion and laughter as the students got their imaginations working, and some wonderfully weird ideas were produced – angels in the form of Homer Simpson arriving who could then peel off their faces; ‘stuff’ falling from the ceiling’; and a flash mob dance session. This last idea seemed fairly sensible until the idea grew and was developed into clumsy donkeys doing the dancing.

At the end of a very enjoyable presentation, Mark kindly signed books for the students and was able to chat more informally with some keen budding authors.

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