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Broadchurch writer opens Budmouth library
9:23am Friday 27th September 2013 in News
BUDDING writers quizzed Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall when he opened a new school library.
The writer and creator of Broadchurch and writer for Dr Who and Torchwood, opened the new Budmouth College facility.
The new library is located in the centre of The Hub building, with chairs and stools scattered about so that students can drop in and read anytime.
Students crowded round to give Mr Chibnall a grilling on the different characters he had written for including the Doctor and Captain Jack Harkness.
They asked him for advice on writing and Mr Chibnall told them to read and watch as much as possible, think about their characters and then ‘just go for it.’ Opening the new library Mr Chibnall said that all the ideas needed for life were stored on the book shelves.
He said: “This is one of the most extraordinary spaces for a library I have ever been in.
“It’s light and colourful and bright- it’s a great space.”
He added that it was thrilling to see the students so engaged in the library and the books.
Ben Woodcock, 13, and Harrison Hooley, 12, said it had been great to meet the writer.
Ben said: “He was very nice- he’s very down to earth and open.”
Harrison added: “He’s very talented.”
Headteacher David Akers said they were delighted with the new library.
He said: “It’s wonderful. I have been bowled over by the number of students that are using it outside curriculum time.
“In lunch and break time there are students reading – it’s had a real impact.”
Mr Akers added that the new library had been a real boost to reading in the college.
He said: “It’s a wonderfully flexible space and we can close it up and have functions here and it doesn’t interfere with the library.”
He added: “It’s great to have Chris here to open it. The students are really excited and fully engaged with him.”
The library is all about pushing literacy skills.
Mr Akers said: “During the recent inspection Ofsted commented on how effective we delivered literacy across the curriculum for all students and this is an integral part of it.”
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