Joffre White is an author and reading motivator and we were delighted to welcome him to Fortismere library on Tuesday 7th March.
He worked with two Year 7 classes on creative writing, getting them to build mind maps around a theme and showing them how an imaginative and readable story can evolve from linking a few words together. One student even produced 171 words on her two mind maps, breaking Joffre’s record! They were astounded to discover that, although only aged 11/12, their lives had already produced a myriad of experiences that they could use in their writing (including standing in fresh dog poo with bare feet – there’s always one…) Joffre also met two Year 8 classes and gave an inspirational talk on how he hated reading, how his weird and wonderful life gave him a wealth of ideas and how he got to love books. A fairly “excitable” group of over 50 Year 8s settled very quickly once he started talking. In previous lives Joffre was trained by his father to perform in a circus and was also a professional rock musician – so he is a true performer (despite laryngitis) and entertained and inspired our students – lots of laughter in the library that day!