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Stourbridge Novelist visits PTC

Stourbridge Novelist visits PTC to inspire our readers and budding writers!

We were delighted that Stourbridge teen fiction author David Massey visited our school this week to talk about his critically-acclaimed debut novel, Torn.   David, from Withymoor, gave presentations and lead several activities with students related to creative writing on Tuesday 24th September and signed copies of his book which tells of the harsh realities of war from the perspective of a 19-year-old female army medic.

The book, set in Afghanistan, has made the top three in the Spellbinding Book Awards and took second place in the Leeds Book Awards - before being named winner of the Lancashire Book Awards. Torn was also nominated for the Waterstones Children's Book of the Year , the Branford Boase Award, the Coventry Inspiration and Catalyst Book Awards.

Torn has been released this summer in the US in hardback and the book has also been translated into Dutch for its release in Holland.  David’s next novel “Taken” will be released on March 6th 2014 to coincide with World Book Day.

David, was on the verge of giving up writing in 2011 when an email arrived.  It was from Barry Cunningham (the publisher who first discovered Harry Potter author, J K Rowling) at Chicken House publishers, and the rest is history!  David wrote the book in between running his award-winning Globehuggers Emergency Supplies business with wife Debi.

David’s gave our students a brief insight into his inspiration for his second book, Taken, which is about a group of disabled teens on a round the world yachting trip which is hit by disaster.