There was a mini literary festival in Fornham All Saints yesterday when the children at the Creative Education Centre met three children’s authors and launched their own novels.
The centre, which uses creative projects to explore curriculum subjects, set the youngsters the task of writing, illustrating and, even, bookbinding their own books.
They set up their own publishing company, called Cyan Cat, and even remembered the barcodes on the covers.
Authors Annie Daws, Tessa Allingham and Michael Apichella visited the centre and discussed the process of writing, editing and producing a book.
All the authors, professional and amateur, had the chance to read extracts from their work.
Centre manager Eddie Hepper said: “The children really loved it. We didn’t have to set homework because they all took their books home to carry on working on them. One even wrote two sequels.”
Mr Hepper, who runs the centre with his wife Wendy, said it offers a halfway house between school and home education.
It works with an association of qualified tutors to cater for seven to 11-year-olds.
When it opened in September Mr Hepper said: “We’re teaching them how to learn rather than specifically what to learn all the time.”