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Harwich: Author shares top tips with school pupils

Author Alan Gibbon gives a talk at Harwich and Dovercourt High School.

Author Alan Gibbon gives a talk at Harwich and Dovercourt High School.

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A top author shared his tips for success with youngsters at a Tendring school.

Award-winning Alan Gibbons, whose books have sold more than two million copies, spoke to year nine and ten pupils at Harwich and Dovercourt High School.

The former teacher spoke about how his childhood and music from the era influenced his writing.

His latest book, Hate, is based on the true story of a Goth girl who was murdered because of the way she dressed.

Andrew Dace, the school’s library manager, said: “He was very entertaining and there were a lot of humorous stories, and the children were very interested in what he had to say.

“The talk, especially when he spoke about his newst book, was really thought-provoking and went down very well with the pupils.

“It is a really positive thing to get people into the school to speak to the students, especially when you can show them people who have had successful careers.

“Mr Gibbons said he was not particularly academic at school but went on to do well, so he can form a good role model.”

Drivers in Woodbridge have faced long delays this afternoon after a major route through the town became flooded.

Colchester MP Will Quince has described a knife attack in the town that left a teenager seriously hurt as “deeply alarming”.

Police wants to speak to two teenagers about an attempted murder in Colchester in the early hours of this morning.

The shocking prevalence of rape in Ipswich has been uncovered in an EADT and Star investigation.

Ed Sheeran has got engaged to his partner Cherry Seaborn, the Framlingham singer has confirmed on Instagram.

Emergency services have been called to the scene of a car having gone into a ditch on the A12 near Darsham

Snow could fall in parts of Suffolk on Sunday morning as temperatures are set to drop overnight.

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