Former English teacher turned novelist Hayley Barker returned to her old stomping ground today to give a reading from her debut novel ‘Show Stopper’ and answer pupil questions.
Hayley, who taught at Brentwood for 14 years, was invited back to School by former colleagues in the English Department as part of English Week in the Bean Academic Centre.
Her show-stopper of a debut novel, which revolves around life in a ‘deadly circus’, has been snapped up by prestigious publisher, Scholastic UK, as part of a two-book deal. It will be released in June.
Pupils were gripped by the story of death-defying acrobatics, cruel games and forbidden teenage love, set in a deadly circus where the children of immigrants are forced to perform in a travelling circus, and they had plenty of questions for their former teacher.
Tomorrow, Curtis Jobling, creator of Bob the Builder and author of the acclaimed series of epic fantasy novels ‘Wereworld’, will spend the day at School helping to celebrate World Book Day.