Patrice Lawrence inspires a love of reading for pleasure

Last week author Patrice Lawrence hosted an assembly for students in years 7 and 8 to talk about her novels, her experiences as a write and reading for pleasure.

Patrice Lawrence is a British writer and journalist who lives in Hackney and who has published fiction both for adults and children. Her writing includes Granny Ting Tin, Orangeboy and Indigo Donut. She has won awards including the Waterstones Children's Book Prize for Older Children.

Patrice was born in Brighton, brought up in an Italian-Trinidadian family in mid-Sussex, and now lives in East London with her daughter, partner and Stormageddon, the tabby. Patrice talked about her parents and what it’s like to come from a mixed cultural background.

The author went on to read extracts from her actual diary from when she was 13 years old, including her teenage crushes. She was very entertaining, keeping the students engaged and making everyone laugh.

After the assembly Patrice met with students who were able to buy signed copies of her books.