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TV comic and author, Charlie Higson, visits pupils at Parmiter’s School in Garston
The Fast Show comic and author Charlie Higson held centre stage at Parmiter’s School in Garston on Friday.
Higson visited the school to talk to students from Years 7, 8 and 9 about being an author, working as a comic on TV and the importance of reading.
A number of students from Francis Combe Academy and The Hemel Hempstead School were also invited along to enjoy the event.
As well as being co-star and writer of the Fast Show, Charlie is the author of two series of books: Young Bond, which follows the early adventures of a teenage James Bond at Eton, and zombie thriller series, The Enemy.
He talked about how he got into books saying that he was about ten when he realised the magic of writing.
He said: "I was fascinated by the way in which writing, which is essentially a squiggly line, could turn into something that can conjure up so many images in the mind and get the imagination fired up."
He explained that from that point onwards, he got into books in a big way.
In the main, Charlie's books appeal more to teenage boys and he spoke about breaking down some of those barriers to reading. He talked about how vampires - cool, glamorous and sophisticated - usually appealed to girls, while zombies - uncool, unglamorous and unsophisticated - tended to appeal more to boys.
He suggested this is because teenage boys have a fair amount in common with zombies.
After taking a variety of questions, he went to the school library for a book signing and sale run by the Chorleywood Book Shop.
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