Pupils from St Olave’s welcomed acclaimed author Robin Stevens for a morning of murder, mystery and storytelling.
Robin Spencer is the author of the bestselling children’s murder-mystery series, A Murder Most Unladylike. Robin turned her attention to writing when her father handed her a copy of Agatha Christie’s The Murder of Roger Ackroyd and from then on she realised that she wanted to write her own mystery novels.
Talking with the pupils at St Olave's, Robin explained how she got into writing through her love of books, specifically murder mysteries. The pupils were then treated to an extract from Robin's latest book Top Marks for Murder.
Robin concluded the morning by leading the pupils in constructing their own collaborative murder mystery. By first establishing five key parts of the story, the setting, the victim, what clues there were, if there were any suspects and how the mystery was resolved, the pupils were able to construct their own story while acquiring an insight into the process of such an accomplished author.
Susie Lockett, Librarian at St Olave’s, said: “The children were thrilled to have Robin visit St Olave’s. They got a huge insight into how such an imaginative writer comes up with fresh ideas and how these are transformed onto the page. On behalf of everyone at St Olave’s, I would like to thank Robin for such a great morning.”