(L to R) Year 4 pupils William Woods, Erin Nattress, Sacha Rhodes and Zak Watson with author Liz Million
(L to R) Year 4 pupils William Woods, Erin Nattress, Sacha Rhodes and Zak Watson with author Liz Million

Author drops in to Belmont Grosvenor to inspire pupils

4 November 2014

There were stories of silly sausages, grumpy wolves and greedy pigs when author Liz Million dropped into Harrogate independent prep school Belmont Grosvenor.

The North-East based author and illustrator spent the day with pupils at the co-educational school, inspiring them to enjoy reading and drawing as much as she does.

Working with all year groups at the ‘outstanding’ prep school, Liz not only read extracts from her books, but taught the children how to draw some of her colourful characters.

The day-long workshop was the latest in a series of inspiring events taking place at Belmont Grosvenor School, just three miles from Harrogate.

The school, based at in 20 acres of grounds at Swarcliffe Hall, Birstwith, caters for children from three months to 11 years.

Other activities planned this term include a World War One theatre workshop, Harvest Festival and a performance at a Shakespeare for Schools event in Leeds.

Author Liz, whose books include Be Quiet Belinda and One Fat Cat, said: I love coming in and visiting schools and encouraging children to read and to draw. The children here at Belmont Grosvenor have been so enthusiastic and really engaged in all I have done.

I want children to be passionate about books, and maybe inspire a few of them to think about alternative career paths. It’s a great job being an author and illustrator, a job one that’s really creative and fun.


Sophie Johnson, Head of English at Belmont Grosvenor School said all pupils at the school had thoroughly enjoyed the day: Liz was truly inspiring to all of the children. Even our very youngest were in awe of her talents and she really enthused all of them with her vibrant, lively approach.

It is always a great sign when children want to carry on long after their workshop has finished.

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