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Author Gives Talk On Her Career

An award-winning author gave students a taste of life as a writer when she paid a visit to Kettering Science Academy.

Mary Hooper, who has written more than 70 books for children and young people including the popular Megan series, spoke to Year 8 students about her career and her books.

She talked to them about how she researched and developed the idea for her latest publication, Fallen Grace, which is set in a Victorian funeral parlour.

The author explained that people used to be able to buy Bills of Mortality, which listed those who had recently died and were originally introduced so people could monitor how wide-spread the plague was.

Mary's visit was organised in conjunction with Waterstones book store and the Academy's reading group, Cliffhangers, helped to run the event.

Budding writer Rhea Siddall said Mary's talk had inspired her.

She said: "I want to be an author so it was interesting to hear how she researched Victorian times."

Librarian Juliet Walsh said: "I hope Mary has inspired the students with her stories and how she became an author, and encouraged them to write.

"Her new books are historical so they also give students an idea about the time she is writing about."