AUTHOR and illustrator Laura Ellen Anderson visited Malvern St James girls’ school to talk to a gathering of book fans.

Laura stopped off at the school as part of her tour to celebrate the publication of her latest books in the popular Amelia Fang series – Amelia Fang and the Unicorn Lords and Amelia Fang and the Memory Thief.

Pupils from Malvern St James Girls’ School were joined by those from Malvern Parish Primary School and Great Malvern Primary School.

With plenty of audience participation, pupils (and staff!) were introduced to characters from the Amelia Fang series and given tips for writing their own stories.

Everyone enjoyed drawing with Laura, hearing about her favourite books when she was growing up and learning about where ideas for her stories come from.

Laura shared her top tip for writing with the children: “Take a notebook everywhere you go so you can write down ideas."

Highlights for the children included and seeing their ideas come together in a hand-drawn book cover design, created by Laura right in front of their eyes.