Pupils meet top novelist

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Pupils from a north Derbyshire college were inspired to get creative with their career choices following a visit from an award-winning novelist.

Lesley Glaister, a lecturer in creative writing at Sheffield Hallam University and author of 13 novels, gave a career talk to Mount St Mary’s students.

It was part of the school’s new teaching and learning programme to help engage pupils with a variety of career choices so they can consider their future options.

She answered questions ranging from how she became a writer to whether personal experiences and research changed her ideas for the plots in her books.

Toby Leadbetter, director of teaching and learning, said: “It was a really informing talk and the pupils were very excited to meet with a published novelist, many came away quite inspired.”