CHILDREN’S author Caroline Lawrence took Hampshire-based pupils on a trip back in time during a visit to Fordingbridge’s Forres Sandle Manor (FSM) School.

Caroline, who wrote the popular Roman Mysteries series of novels, enthralled a gathered audience of youngsters from FSM, Salisbury Cathedral School and Breamore Primary School with details on the seven “beats” that every good story needs and the parallels between popular movies and their story arcs.

The children listened in awe as Caroline shone a light on her craft before signing books and fielding questions from pupils in small groups.

Her final duty was to host a buffet lunch for some of FSM’s Year 8 children as well as Year 6 and Year 7 winners from the school’s dramatic reading competition. Many of the children impressed her with renditions of their readings and were full of questions about Caroline’s next projects.

William Peak, head of English and drama at FSM, said: “Caroline is one of my favourite children’s authors and having heard her speak before I knew that the children at FSM would enjoy her talk as well.”

Mr Mark Hartley, headmaster at FSM, added: “I am delighted that we were able to extend the invitation to allow pupils from Salisbury Cathedral School and Breamore Primary School to benefit from this experience too.”

For more information about Forres Sandle Manor, visit the school’s website.

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