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Alcester Schools’ Book Award 2016

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2nd Event – Author visit, Jon Robinson.

As part of the Alcester Schools’ Book Award events this year, at AGS, we were joined by Jon Robinson – author of Nowhere, Anywhere and Somewhere.   Jon fascinated us all by telling us of his first, rather macabre, short story at 11 years old – hanging intestines, skin and a heart on a Xmas tree!  Rather than criticising him, his English teacher praised his story and gave him encouragement with the comments “…strange imagination – keep writing.”

Later in his life, with a spell on crutches and time in a wheelchair, after having been hit by a car, it helped give him time to bash away on an old typewriter and saw him submitting his first book at the age of 12.  Jon then went on to recount the long journey of submitting books (8 novels and 8 rejections over 8 years) before finally, on writing for a different audience in 2011 saw success and the publication of his first novel … ‘Nowhere’.

Jon then spoke about about some of his writing influences: studying ‘A’ Level Psychology and the interest of the subliminal messaging used by advertisers in the 1950’s; also he read about a teacher showing the power of self-belief with her experiments on Primary School children and the effect of discrimination on them and Jon’s short spell in a prison cell (not his fault).

The effects of these varied experiences were long lasting and it was only after Jon reflected back on his career that he realised how much these incidences had influenced his writing and the subsequent success of his series.

To find out more about Jon visit: www.facebook.com/jonrobinsonbooks

One of our students wrote afterwards:

Jon Robinson Author Visit

On the 27th April 2016, the professional writer, Jon Robinson (the Writer of Nowhere) came into the AGS Library to discuss book writing and his ideas. It made us all think that writing isn’t all about making something up randomly, it’s about creating an idea and letting it grow, enabling you to share with the world your opinion. His presentation included a lot of information about different elements of psychology, including subliminal messages. Subliminal messages are images that flash up during a film or elsewhere, that only the subconscious mind can recognise. He included this in his presentation because in his book it includes these. As well as that, he talked about the influence things have on us. If you haven’t read his book, here is the blurb:

   “NO ONE’S

         COMING FOR US.

               NOT OUR FAMILIES

NOT THE POLICE.

                    NO ONE.”

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