YOUNG readers and writers at Droitwich High School got to enjoy a special treat in the lead up to World Book Day with a visit from Robert Rigby, author of the ‘Goal’ series of books as well as the ‘Boy Soldier’ series which he writes with real-life soldier Andy McNab.

The author paid a visit to year eight and nine pupils to talk about his new book ‘Eagle Trail’ and to encourage them to try some writing for themselves.

English teacher Abbie Taylor, said: “He came in to speak to the students to try and get them inspired and excited about literature. They had a lovely day, they were all really excited before his arrival, and some of them had read his stuff so they knew quite a lot about him. It was really good for them to hear about his achievements, and they were really impressed with what they managed to do.”

The children took part in a writing workshop with Mr Rigby trying out their own creative writing skills, which the school is encouraging with a writing competition for year 8 students.

The budding authors are being asked to submit their own short stories for the competition, and the best of the them will be sent on to Mr Rigby for him to decide on a final winner.