Category Archives: Marcia Williams

Romance blossoming in Lizzy Bennet’s world

The girls at Carden Primary have been reading Marcia Williams’ next book (yes, they get TWO!)

The story is inspired by a book called Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen which was written in 1813 (ages ago!) Marcia’s book is written from Lizzy Bennet’s point of view. When Lizzy Bennet’s father gives her a diary, she fancies she will use it to write a novel, as her real life is exceedingly dull. Then the handsome Mr. Bingley moves to nearby Netherfield Park, and suddenly life is every bit as thrilling as a novel would be. Who will he dance with at the Meryton ball? Who is his haughty friend? Will Lizzy ever receive a marriage proposal?

Marcia set the girls a writing task:

Dear Year 6,

I have been rereading Lizzy Bennet’s Diary up to the same page as you, and it strikes me how very difficult Lizzy is to please.  How will she ever find a husband with such high standards?!
I wondered if you could each write a description of the man you would have Lizzy fall for, if you were the author instead of Jane Austen.  Just close your eyes and imagine him walking into the room and Lizzy falling in love!
1.  How does he enter the room, does he stride, shuffle or even trip?  Maybe he is shy and just pokes his head around the door?  Is he dark or fair?  Think about his clothes, his hairstyle, his shoes?  Maybe, he has a scar or a moustache?
2.  Is he clever?  Cold or warm hearted.  Friendly or shy?  Funny or severe?  How does his personality differ from Lizzy’s?
3.  Is he rich and aristocratic or does he come from a modest background? Is he a soldier?  What if any occupation does he have?
4.  What are his likes and dislikes?
5.  What are his strengths and weaknesses?  Maybe he eats too much chocolate – has dozens of dogs – or falls asleep at the table!  Only you know!
These are some of the things you might like to think about when you are writing about him.
I can’t wait to see what you all come up with!
Good luck,
And the girls did a great job, they wrote very descriptive pieces detailing the moment the two meet. How romantic! These are two of our faves…

Well done girls and we hope you are looking forward to meeting your author Marcia Williams TOMORROW! So exciting!

Team AAA x


Saying hello to Carden Primary

On Monday, we went to visit Carden Primary during their Adopt an Author session in the afternoon. Being inspired by Marcia’s book ‘Les Miserables’, the girls were writing about the differences between poverty in post revolutionary France and modern day England. It is a tough one, but the girls wrote some fantastic sentences and seemed to be working really hard to create a well written piece of work.

Here are some photos to show off the session!


Marcia received some of the finished pieces and they are so well written, really insightful and well planned. Here are just a few that we enjoyed reading…

And Marcia is so thrilled to have read them!

Dear Girls,

     I have just been reading your work on comparing life in 19th century France with life in England today.  I found them really interesting and informative. Thank you so much for writing them!  I felt that many of you had really been touched by the plight of the characters in Victor Hugo’s book and had felt emotionally involved with their plight.
    I wondered if you found the illustrations helped you to empathise with the characters?
    I also wondered which of the characters you liked best?
   Those of you who have read Oliver Twist, or watched the film, will know that the English author, Charles Dickens, also wrote about poverty before England had a welfare state.  We are, as you all said, very lucky now and it is good to have a wonderful author like Victor Hugo documenting life in his time, as it does remind us to be grateful!  Or, as Nina said, reminds us not to return to19th Century France in a time machine!
   One of you mentioned in your writing that you have now finished reading the book – well done all of you!
   What did you think of the ending?  It made me cry!  I wonder if you noticed the picture above the fireplace in the last picture?  Had you seen it somewhere else in the book?
All the best and really well done!  I am so looking forward to your next project and to starting a new book with you,
Onto the next book, ‘Lizzy Bennet’s Diary‘ !

Talented artists at Carden…

Carden Primary School have well and truly blown their adopted author Marcia away with their drawings of character from ‘Les Mis’. Marcia says “What lovely pieces of work, which really show not only the children’s artistic talent, but their engagement in the emotional side of the story.  Thank you for sending them to me.” Take a look below…

Our favourite has to be this one. It must have taken ages to fit all writing around the drawing. That Javert is a complicated character, no wonder you had so many questions! Great work!



Woodingdean, Stanford Juniors, Patcham Juniors and Carden Primary say a ginormous ‘GOOD DAY’ to you!

Its the first week of the project and each class have received their first emails from their authors!

Woodingdean have said ‘ALOHA! to their author Gary Northfield…


I’ve been zipping around the country the last few weeks, telling everybody about Julius Zebra, reading from the book and showing them how I draw Julius. The jokes were brilliant lots of school children from all over the country told their favourite jokes.

Here’s one of the winners:

Knock knock!
Who’s There?
Interrupting cow!
Interrupting co…

ANYWAY! Who wants to learn how to draw JULIUS ZEBRA? Good!
When I draw my cartoon characters, I find it much easier to draw them by breaking up the character up into easy, manageable shapes. This way, it doesn’t seem very hard to draw at all. I’ve attached a worksheet which shows you how to draw Julius ready to fight as a gladiator!

aaaaaaand here are class 4PA drawing away and look at the results! Gary might have a team of illustrators on his hands..

drawing julius

IMG_5456  IMG_5446 IMG_5443 IMG_5463

you all in 4PA should be proud of yourselves, Julius has never looked finer!


Author Sarah Lean has cried a humongous ‘HIYA!’ to her class at Patcham Juniors…


When Harry was a puppy, I trained him to sit quietly in a basket on my bike. He also used to jump up on my seat where I had been writing when I went to make a cup of tea. I often pretended that he was talking to me and had something to say.

What do you imagine Harry might be saying in these photographs?

Ross Montgomery,  a tremendous WAVE to his class at Stanford Juniors from little old London…

Hi everyone!

I’m very excited to be sending you the first of my weekly emails. Mr Persaud tells me that you’re going to be working hard to send me some excellent pieces of writing and insightful questions! In return, I’ll do my best to come up with some fun activities to help you with your own writing, and on the way I’ll try not to mispeeell any wodrs.
By now, I’m sure you’ll have read some of my new book PERIJEE & ME. It was only published last Thursday, so you lucky lot have had a head-start on the rest of the country! 
In order to help the reader visualise Perijee, I used two SIMILES to describe him – can you find them? Why do you think I compared Perijee to these things – what do you think is the point of using similes? 
REMEMBER: if your alien is scary, then you should compare it to things that are scary!
GOOD EXAMPLE: The alien’s eyes were as red as erupting volcanoes.
BAD EXAMPLE: The alien’s eyes were as red as nice juicy tomatoes.


Marcia Williams has shouted a gigantic ‘GREETINGS’! to Carden Primary and have a few questions for Marcia to answer on her return from Dubai (sneak peak below)…


Who is your favourite female author and why?


If you could go back in time and meet 5 famous historical characters who would you pick and why?


When you go to libraries or book shops are you ever tempted to move your books so everyone can

see them?


Are you a Harry Potter fan?


Did you like history at school? If not, what inspired you to write/illustrate historical books?


Who is your favourite woman through history and why?


What encouraged you to become an author/illustrator and why?


Who is your least favourite historical character and why?


If you were stranded on a desert island and only had two historical people for company who would

you choose and why?


Summer J

Do you still keep a diary? If so, what do you write about?


Brighton Festival Launch 2016

On Wednesday 17th February, the AAA team attended the launch of Brighton Festival, curated by Laurie Anderson. We got a sneak peek at the beautifully designed brochure and our project is listed in the ’26 Letters’ section. So pleased to see that all our schools and authors have been mentioned too.

BF launch


A big, warm welcome…

Authors announced

From left to right: Sarah Lean, Ross Montgomery, Marcia Williams and Gary Northfield

2016 welcomes Sarah Lean, Ross Montgomery, Gary Northfield and returning for a second year, Marcia Williams to this year’s Adopt an Author.

The project is being brought to you by Collected Works CIC and is an exciting schools initiative which links classes with children’s authors to promote literacy, encourage writing and develop creativity.

Over a course of 8 weeks, classes and their adopted authors correspond via very fun and entertaining emails and the project culminates in a ‘Meet your Author’ party during Brighton Festival (7-29 May).

We are very proud to be producing it once again and to have such an exciting group of authors on board. Stay tuned for our future updates!


The ‘AAA’ team x



6L’s final email to Marcia!

So sad! 6L at Mile Oak have just sent off their last email to Marcia!

Hi Marcia,

How sad this is our last week e-mailing you 😦 We haven’t quite finished all of the second book but we will have by the time we meet you.

We also LOVE the website and the children wanted me to send you on some of their comments about this.

We look forward to seeing you next Tuesday and showing you our scrapbooks!

from 6L

Till next week folks and the ADOPT AN AUTHOR PARTY!


Mile Oak’s gone viral!!!

WOW guys and gals! Your author, Marcia Williams has done an amazing thing and posted some of your fantastic photos and work on her very own website!

Have a look HERE


My personal favourite picture is the one above!

Well done all of you! You’ve clearly impressed Marcia so much!


Archie’s War – Snappy comments from Mile Oak!

 So Mile Oak have finished their first (of two) books- “Archie’s War” by Marcia Williams. They emailed Marcia before half term to tell her what they thought along with some fantastic illustrated book reviews!
“This book is amazing, it is definitely one of my favourite books.” – Amy
“We love the victory day page. It’s colourful, bright and just amazing!”-  Jess and Sophia
“Georgie is the cutest dog ever and it’s the best book…Can’t wait to meet you.” – Hermione
“I’m sad that the book is over because it was brilliant.” – Jess
“I’m quite sad that the books is over because we won’t be able to write questions about it anymore.” – Josh
“I’m looking forward to the second book because I’ve enjoyed the first one.” – Maggie
“Your book has inspired me to do cartoons in my scrap book.” – Sophia S
“The book was so excellent I wish there were more chapters.” – Owen
“The book was very good and I really enjoyed it” – Moad
“You were very generous to give us permission to read the books and I am so excited to start the new book.” – Antonia
And below are the fantastic book reviews by Owen, Sophia S, Ethan, Antonia and Connor, lets wait and see what they think of the next book after Easter!
 Page1 connor ethan owen sophia