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Posted on: 24/03/2016


Morpeth pupils spent an inspirational morning with top selling author Melvin Burgess, as part of their English lesson on Wednesday 16th March 2016.

The writer behind blockbusters ‘Junk’ and ‘Billy Elliot’ read extracts from Junk, an international best seller about teenage runaways who fall in with squatters and become heroin addicts.

The book caused a great deal of controversy when it was published in 1996, because of its gritty and realistic nature and fears that it might corrupt the minds of its young readers.

Mr Burgess said: “There were film makers all over it at the time, but they couldn’t turn it in to a film because it would probably be an 18 and the audience it was written for would be too young too see it ”

Pupils grilled him with questions including “What would you be if you weren’t a writer?” He said: “In trouble, as I’m unemployable”.

Pupils also found out his favourite authors include Kevin Brooks, Patrick Ness and Ian McKinnon.

Mr Burgess held an impromptu workshop in which he demonstrated how to develop characters and context, by dissecting the personality and behaviour of Little Red Riding Hood; and pointed out the similarities between the Three Little Pigs fable and the Hollywood movie, Terminator.