A HAMPSHIRE author visited his local primary school to celebrate World Book Day with an afternoon of reading, colouring and workshops.

Author Andy Hussey was invited to King’s Somborne Church of England Primary School to read two of his nature-themed novels Any Trout About? and There’s No Deer Around Here.

Andy, 40, and the pupils celebrated World Book Day on Thursday, March 7. After school he stayed to chat with parents, give out postcards and badges and sign books so the children would have a memento of the day. The author and founder of Muddy Little Boots (MLB) Publishing then headed off to the University of Winchester for the launch of this year’s Winchester Books Festival.

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Andy said: “It was a real pleasure to be invited to visit the school. Everyone was so welcoming, dressed up and really got stuck in with the activities. Some great ideas came out of the workshops so who knows, King’s Somborne Primary might have just inspired the next MLB book.”

Hannah Davey, assistant head, said: “We are so grateful to Andy for giving up his time. The children loved hearing the stories, they are very popular locally. They all really engaged with the nature-themed narrative and the repeating line was very popular. The older children also loved the Q&A session at the end and learned more about what it takes to write a children’s book, the process and inspiration. It was a real insightful session.”

Andy will hosting his own event on Friday, April 19 at P&G Wells Bookshop as part of Winchester Books Festival. Tickets are available at winchesterbooksfestival.com.