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Global Bestselling Author Visits Local School to Discuss Latest Book and Reopen the Library after 2 years

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  • 6th Jan 2022 11:20

Global Bestselling Author Visits Local School to Discuss Latest Book and Reopen the Library after 2 years


Global Bestselling Author Visits Local School to Discuss Latest Book and Reopen the Library after 2 years

Tim Marshall, author of Prisoners of Geography visits Malcolm Arnold Academy after 240 students read his book in class 

Today, Tim Marshall, author of No. 1 Times Bestseller Prisoners of Geography, visited Malcolm Arnold Academy (MAA) in Northampton to speak to students about his latest book and to cut the ribbon in the school library, declaring it reopened after two years of closure throughout the pandemic. Students and staff alike listened as he gave an inspiring talk about global affairs, and discussed in person how the physical characteristics of countries affects their politics throughout the world.

Year 11 students at Malcolm Arnold Academy have been reading Marshall’s book as part of the David Ross Education Trust’s flagship literacy initiative, ‘DRETReads’, which aims to increase the accessibility of literary texts that are considered important cultural capital, and to help boost the reading age of all students.

All students from Year 7 – 11 at MAA are reading 46 books in class with full guided adult support, and an additional four books from a published list given to students, totaling 50 books by the end of KS4. These texts, which include Prisoners of Geography, cover a range of voices, genres, and time periods to provide a rich grounding in the literary canon. The whole school reads the same time every day, and all classes in each year group read the same book together.

Marshall is not the first author to speak to Malcolm Arnold’s pupils - Peter Frankopan, author of The Silk Roads: A New History of the World and a Professor at Oxford University, spoke to sixth form students virtually last year to discuss his research as well. Opportunities to learn from authors like Marshall and Frankopan, who are highly respected in their fields, is an offer unique to Malcolm Arnold and the David Ross Education Trust.

Megan Morris, Principal at Malcolm Arnold Academy, said:
“We were absolutely delighted to welcome Tim to Malcolm Arnold today to speak to our students. He is a fantastic geographer and our entire school community was buzzing with excitement at hearing from one of the authors we have been collectively reading. Tim’s book changed the way I thought and felt about my own geography and made me think about how lucky we are to have diverse places and people represented in our school community.

“Our DRET Reads programme is so important to us here at MAA - we read every day and help our students develop not only a high aptitude for reading, but a love of books as well. Reading rich texts such as Prisoners of Geography enhances our students’ world view, allows them to share interesting discussions that would otherwise remain untouched, and creates a new excitement about the impact of academic research and writing.

“Thank you again to Tim for speaking to our students and for reopening the library - where future students will no doubt spend time reading his work in the future.”

Helena Brothwell, Regional Director of the David Ross Education Trust, said:
“Today’s visit was hugely exciting for the school and trust community. DRET Reads provides pupils with dedicated time to spend reading books outside of the curriculum, to counteract the trend of decreased time spent on reading for pleasure among teenagers. The initiative bolsters reading time and has a positive impact on students’ academic performance, and most importantly it is highly enjoyable. To hear from authors like Tim in person is a real privilege for our students and will no doubt be a source of inspiration for them in the years ahead.”

Tim Marshall, Author of Prisoners of Geography, said:
“It was a privilege to visit Malcolm Arnold Academy today, especially to open the library. Libraries are places of magic in which you can find mystery, romance and knowledge. There are many keys in libraries and some of them are the keys to a bright future. So it was great to see so many enthused young people.”