A local author has taken students at a Weymouth school on a tour of his fiction through the power of pong.

St Augustine’s Catholic Primary welcomed local author, Liam R. Findlay, into three classes to discuss his new book and the process that he had to go through when producing it.

The story's main character, Colette Planchette, can speak to ghosts with a supernatural sense of smell. Liam used his experience working at AromaPrime - which creates pongs for theme parks like Alton Tower - to create a few whiffs from the novel.

He worked in Years 4, 5 and 6, focussing on the importance of description when writing. He visited on Friday, October 13.

Liam said: "It was a pleasure meeting St Augustine's many bright and well-read students. I enjoyed speaking to them about creative writing, following the publication of my spooky middle-grade novel The Doom Town Dummies.

"I spoke to classes about the process behind putting a book together, and the students were full of curiosity, imagination and questions. It was also a delight signing some copies in the library after school. I am sure St Augustine's is full of many future authors and noteworthy creatives."

The Doom Town Dummies takes some inspiration from Weymouth, which partly comes through in descriptions of smells that have been inspired by the likes of Radipole Gardens' fragrant flowers and the harbour's fishy pongs.

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Liam added: "The students at St Augustine's seemed to enjoy these smells a lot - even the ghastly ones. It is delightful visiting the town's different schools to share The Doom Town Dummies, and I look forward to running a Halloween workshop at Weymouth Library on Thursday, October 26, where I will talk about the story."

English Lead, Imogen Mayes, said: "As a school, we want our children to know they have a variety of future career opportunities and there's no better way to inspire a future generation of authors and illustrators than having a local role model to show them what they can aspire to.

"Liam's visit was a huge hit with the children and has already got lots of children talking about writing their own books. We are excited to hear their reviews of his new book which children were eager to start reading."