Fiction fans enjoy writing workshop with visiting author

We were delighted to welcome acclaimed writer of young adult fiction, Peadar Ó Guilín, to King’s today, as part of our programme of author visits. 

His novel,The Call, is dark tale inspired by the beautiful northwest of Ireland where Peadar grew up and fuelled by the disturbing folklore surrounding the region – a traditional fairy tale, it certainly isn’t! The title is currently The King’s School’s ‘Book of the Week’ from the Teen Award shortlist.

Pupils were enthralled as Peadar read extracts from The Call, before running a story writing workshop in which he described how to build-in different elements of a novel whilst challenging the convention of having a distinct ‘beginning, middle and end’. He went on to invite pupils to consider making content more relatable to the reader, to help keep them engaged on the narrative journey. 

Peadar attended the same boarding school as James Joyce in County Kildare and since then, he has written plays, published short stories, and even performed as a stand-up comedian.

He is currently working on a sequel to The Call.