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Author accepts children's invitation

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December 2011

Scottish award-winning children's author Barry Hutchison visited Sunnyside Primary School in Alloa today (Monday 5 December 2011) to give pupils advice on creative writing, sign copies of his books and read from his latest novel.

The invitation was issued by the school after one of the Primary 7 classes had been enthralled by the first two books in the author's Invisible Fiends horror series.

The children were gripped by the author's nail-biting stories and characters like Mr Mumbles and Raggy Maggie in the books which have been written for children aged 9 and over.

Described as Harry Potter meets Nightmare on Elm Street, the six Invisible Fiends books are part of an original, darkly funny and shiver-inducing new horror series about a 12-year-old boy's and others imaginary friends from childhood who come to life with a vengeance.

Councillor George Matchett, portfolio holder for Inclusion commented, "Sunnyside has always been very keen to instil an enthusiasm for reading in the pupils. Barry Hutchison has an enviable expertise in descriptive writing and we are very grateful that he was able to come along and show the pupils how they can use his techniques in their own writing. You never know, somewhere in Sunnyside P7H, there may now be a future best-seller."