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The Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School

Charlie Higson Visit

Charlie Higson came to Cardinal Wiseman on Monday 17th September to promote The Sacrifice, his latest book in The Enemy series.

Who came to school?

Charlie Higson came to Cardinal Wiseman on Monday 17th September to promote The Sacrifice, his latest book in The Enemy series. Charlie is known for his TV work with 'The Fast Show' and as a children's author for the hugely successful Young Bond Series as well The Enemy Series

 
More than 150 students from Cardinal Wiseman attended the event and we had visitors from Acton High, Brentside High, Elthorne High, Featherstone High, Greenford High and Northolt High. For a short while there was a considerable queue of school minibuses in the drop off point.
 
How did this amazing event happen?
Mrs McKenzie, the Librarian at Cardinal Wiseman, took a phone call at the end of last summer term from Puffin Books, Charlie’s publisher, asking if we would like to host a visit. We were absolutely thrilled to do so and were more than happy to contact other local high schools and invite them to bring students to share in this event.
Ealing School Librarians know Charlie’s books well as he was a previous winner of the Ealing Readers’ Award in 2011 with the second book in this series, The Dead. Those who were able to come were delighted to be able to do so.
 
The Event
Charlie held the attention of all those in the audience as he talked about his very interesting path to being a writer. He showed the trailer for his new book and read an enthralling extract ending on a cliffhanger.
He then signed many, many copies of his books for those students who were fortunate enough to be able to purchase a copy (courtesy of Ealing Waterstones).
 
Those who were not able to buy a personal copy need not worry. The Library has purchased multiple copies so that students may catch up with Small Sam and his friends.
 
What are people saying?
One Cardinal Wiseman teacher became the "Best Dad in the World" for buying his son The Sacrifice at the event
 
Northolt High: Apart from the excitement of seeing Charlie Higson in the flesh, the biggest joy of yesterday was seeing the Year8 boys engrossed in their copies of The Sacrifice in the library at lunchtime with their friends begging to be allowed a look!
 
Brentside: Thanks again for a really enjoyable morning and a fantastic opportunity
 
Elthorne: Great event - thank you for having us and your new library looks great!