Kingfisher class were treated to a visit by local author Ally Kennan. Ally
is a British author of adventure novels for children and teens. Some of her books have been marketed as thrillers and they may be classed as horror fiction.She was born in Somerset and grew up on a farm in the Exmoor region of South West England.
In Her Own Words:
“I grew up on a small organic farm on Exmoor. My parents still farm cows, pigs, sheep, chickens, turkeys and ducks. I have one brother. My parents fostered children for many years, from when I was about three or four till I was thirteen. They started again when I was eighteen and fostered for another five or six years.
"When I was young, we farmed dairy cows, which make a lot of mess. There is half a mile of muddy road up to the school bus stop. In school assemblies I would usually leave a small pile of dried mud in my place, which I had picked off my shoes. In winter, my school uniform smelled of smoke because it had dried over the fire. We had an outdoor loo, called an earth closet, which had no flush. You had to do what you did, then cover it up with sawdust. When I was eight, we got a flushing loo which I thought was deeply sophisticated (though once I did fall in the septic tank!).
"There were no shops, pubs or buses (except the school bus) and hardly any people. As a child, I spent a lot of time on my own, reading, playing in the mud, building dams and messing around the farm. I was always scruffy and sadly I still am! At school I liked writing stories and liked the idea of being an author, but I also wanted to be a runner, an archaeologist and a naturalist.”
The children were entranced by her enthusiasm and down to earth approach to being an author. Ally spent time talking through her journey to becoming an author, sharing the history behind the stories she had written and had published. Every child in the class received a signed copy of her book "Sparks", which has quickly been adopted as our new class book.