A M Dassu Author Visit
On Monday 17 October, A.M Dassu visited Oldham Sixth Form College to speak to students about her debut fiction novel ‘Boy, Everywhere’. Year 7 and Year 8 students from The Hathershaw College and The Oldham Academy North joined our Year 12 and Year 13 students to hear about her journey into writing about how she came to write about her chosen topics.
During the two sessions A.M Dassu discussed her publications in more depth looking closely into her more recent novels ‘Boy, Everywhere” and ‘Fight Back’ delving into the narrative behind her writing. She also discussed in detail her journey to becoming an author and why she changed to this career path following having her children. A reading of a section of ‘Boy,Everywhere’ was a surprise addition and the session ended with a Q&A. All students who attended were engaged, enthusiastic and a credit to themselves throughout.
Following the talks, some of our A Level English Language and AS English Literature students attended a workshop focusing on ‘How to Edit a Novel’ detailing the steps required to edit a piece of writing and the tricks and tips required to become a successful writer.
Year 13 English Language students said:
“A.M.Dassu had a kind energy and engaging personality. Her workshop was fun and I took away lots of useful information and definitely left feeling inspired.”
“I loved how enthusiastic she was about her work and talked about her struggles within the process of story writing. She discussed how editing was a big aspect and how it included different types of editing in order to bring the best out of her work. She truly gave an insight into what an author's job is like.”
The visit was an incredible success, being both educational and enjoyable for everyone involved. We hope to recreate the success of this visit with our next author, coming to college in 2023 - watch this space!