Last year we were made Patrons of Reading at Northfield Academy in Aberdeen and, as the first ever graphic novelists to fill such a role, we were honoured and delighted. We’ll be working closely with the school for the next three years to encourage reading and creativity.
Our first author visits in this new capacity took place at the end of January and were great fun. We had the opportunity to work with the whole of the school’s first year, in class-sized groups, as well as meet with the teachers for an informal lunch where we talked about our hopes and about the patronage.
Northfield Academy have adopted us and we have adopted the school.
Everyone made us feel extremely welcome and it was exciting to see so much interest and receive so much support from the school. The head teacher, librarians and teaching staff in general were all really enthusiastic and engaged.
To start our patronage, we sent the school a class set of Louis – Red Letter Day graphic novels and some signed posters, along with an activity sheet for the classroom.
We’re looking forward to returning for a follow up session with S1 pupils and for sessions with Primary pupils too!
A huge thank you to Mandy Wilson for choosing us as patrons, to Mr Watt and the art department, and to head teacher Neil Hendry.