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October 6th Stories Fly Around the World in Fifteen Schools to celebrate International School Libraries Month

London, October 3, 2008: From Stockport, via Louisiana to Saigon, a British School Library Manager is organising a global creative writing day for fifteen schools in three continents on October 6th, the UK designated celebration Day of International School Libraries Month, and is supported by five acclaimed British children's authors.

'The Write Path' was founded by Beverley Humphrey, LRC Manager Woolwich Polytechnic School, London to give 150 aspiring young writers the chance to work collaboratively with five published authors and fellow 11-12 year olds around the world. It further hopes to encourage many more to 'have a go' at creative writing.

"The Internet will enable young writers from Europe, Asia and the USA to meet, work together and learn from one another," says Beverley Humphrey, The Write Path Founder. "Five established authors have donated the opening paragraphs to five short stories and our pupils are very excited about carrying on from them." The authors are Theresa Breslin, Alan Gibbons, Julia Jarman, Mark Robson and G P Taylor.

Each school will have the stories for an hour and video/email contact will be exchanged between schools so that students can introduce themselves and discuss favourite books. The students are aged 11-12 years old. Two students will work on each story, so that 10 pupils from each school are taking part simultaneously before the completed paragraphs move to the next school for the work on the following part of the story. The endings will be written by English teachers at Woolwich Polytechnic School at which Mrs Humphrey is LRC Manager.

"By using online tools, Internet and video links, we have a way to connect schools and students in real time that was unheard of in previous generations. We hope that they will not only share skills with their peers in other cultures but have great fun doing it too," said Mrs Nikki Heath, Werneth School, UK School Librarian of the Year 2008, collaborating with Mrs Humphrey on the project.

The idea was very well received, Mrs Humphrey added," The positive response from librarians around the world was overwhelming, and we could have involved ten times the number of people this time around. School libraries and their staff play a crucial role in the reading and writing skills of their students and wider community, and they see this as a great opportunity to encourage and enthuse pupils by letting them share experiences cross-borders."

Favourite chapters will be voted upon and selected by the pupils involved and prizes will be awarded.

Key Contacts:
Beverley Humphrey
LRC Manager Woolwich Polytechnic and The Write Path Founder
Email: [email protected]

Jenny Persson
Press Distribution Support
email: [email protected]

Further contacts, interviews, images and information available on request.

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