Lisa Williamson visits Petchey with a story

This week, students had a fantastic opportunity to meet Lisa Williamson, author of fiction novels for young adults and hear about what inspired her writing.

Lisa read snippets of her books The Art of Being Normal, All About Mia and Paper Avalanche.

The students enjoyed hearing about Lisa’s teenage years and how she first discovered she wanted to become a writer. They asked her lots of questions and everyone who contributed got entered in to a raffle to win one of her books.

Hailed as “A life-changing and life-saving book.” by Philip Pullman and “Impressive and affecting.” by The Guardian, The Art Of being Normal is written from the point of view of a transgender teenager and was inspired by Lisa’s time working for the Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS). Based at the world-famous Tavistock Centre in North London, GIDS is the NHS service for under-eighteens struggling with their gender identity.  Lisa also hosted a Q&A session for our LGBTQ Allies club where she went into greater depth about her writing career and the inspiration behind the book.

We’d like to thank Lisa for coming to give our Petchey students this opportunity and wish her every success for the future.