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2011 03/17: Concorde College Lower School Reading Group

Concorde College was a real surprise.  I knew it was an international school, but had no idea how big it was, or what fantastic facilities it has.  I was made to feel really welcomed. Highlights of my visit included a sight of Acton Burnell Castle adjoining the sports field and the remains of the building which housed the first parliament, world-wide, to have a House of Commons.  How extraordinary to  have that sort of history here in Shropshire.

The major highlight of the visit, though, was spending time talking to the Lower School's reading group about how I became a writer and my research trip to Belize.  Someone asked if my trip had taught me anything, and it was good to be able to say, in such an international setting, that the multicultural nature of Belize, with its many racial groups and cultures all living side by side in harmony, had been an inspiration.

Thank you, Concorde College for making me so welcome.  I enjoyed my time with you, and was deeply impressed [and astonished] to discover that some of you had read translations of my books back home in your own languages.  To those of you who bought books yesterday, I hope you enjoy them.  To any of you who want to write to me, about my talk or anything else, feel free to use the comment button below, and I'll get back to you. 

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I've read one of your famous books - Midnight Blue. It's a marvellous story and is really interesting. The book is translated into Chinese and is one of the most famous books in Hong Kong. Many schools use this book as teaching material. I hope that you will come to our school and give us another talk again.

March 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCedric

I have just finished reading your amazing book, 'In the Trees', and enjoyed the story line emencly. I really love to read a good book before I go to sleep each night and 'In the Trees' certainly did not disappoint. The concept of a world within a world right before our eyes really is a beautifully thought through philosophical theorum. I can honestly say that your books are some of the best novels I have ever read and are definitely at the top of my great reads list with titlels such as The lord of the rings and Terry pratchetts discworld books. Thank you for your visit.

March 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAngelo Daniel

Concorde College, I was thrilled to receive your lovely letters, also the pages of artwork, including me surrounded by all my books [thank you Perry Liu] and the picture of peccary and the dreaded fer-de-lance. Thank goodness I never saw one - never mind the venom, I'd have died of shock! I'm glad you enjoyed my visit so much, and would be very happy to return one day. In the meantime, if you've anything you want to ask about my books or my writing life, this place on my website to do it, and I'd post a reply as soon as I could. Best wishes to you all.

March 28, 2011 | Registered CommenterPauline Fisk

I do like your books and I might lend some books of yours from the library. I am hoping that you can come to our school some time again and tell us some more stories.

March 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHoward

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