Test Valley’s Reading Group

Pupils were invited to meet the author Helen Dennis at an exciting event held at Winchester Guildhall on Thursday 2nd November.

The event organised by the Schools Library Service was the climax of a busy few months of reading. The current Year 9 pupils, chosen by Librarian Miss Needs, came together when they were still in Year 8 to take part in this year’s Hampshire Book Award. As a team the group read, digested and reviewed the six shortlisted books, meeting fortnightly to discuss their views. Each book had something different to offer and some were enjoyed more than others. In July schools from all over Hampshire met at Applemore College to discuss and vote on their favourite book. After a tense wait ‘Genesis, River of Ink’ written by Helen Dennis was declared the winner. At the final award ceremony at Winchester Guildhall the author took to the stage to talk about her book in amazing, informative detail. She gripped the audience when talking about her writing technique, process and characterisation. Helen Dennis then took questions from the pupils and enjoyed a book signing session with the school.

Helen Dennis with Test Valley School pupils