Book with short stories and poems about Weston published by students

PUBLISHED: 10:00 17 June 2018

Priory Community School, student authors with their e-book about Weston called our town, which is a Amazon Best Seller in the Children's Nonfiction people and places catagory.

Priory Community School, student authors with their e-book about Weston called our town, which is a Amazon Best Seller in the Children's Nonfiction people and places catagory.

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Weston-super-Mare is the subject of short stories, poetry and art in a new e-book by some of the town’s youngsters.

Students at Priory Community School, in Worle, produced the book, which features a foreword by Weston author Jeffrey Archer.

Lord Archer gave a writing masterclass when he met students at the school’s Jill Dando News Centre, which is training youngsters in journalism.

He wrote in the foreword: “All of us who were admirers of Jill Dando will be delighted so many young people are trying to follow in her footsteps and become first-class journalists and writers.

“She would have been proud of the efforts the young people from Priory Community School have made in this brave new venture, and I wish them success – and lots of sales.”

The book, called Our Town, is available on Amazon and is the third anthology by the school organised by head of careers James Wilmot.

In the description, Mr Wilmot wrote: “Weston-super-Mare has had more than its fair share of challenges. The perception of many is Weston is a beleaguered seaside town with closing shops, poor infrastructure and an outdated vibe.

“But there is beauty here. There is real history here.

“Yes, we have problems here. Yes, we are a work in progress. But this is our town. A town that we can be proud of. A town with a rich past and great potential for the future. If the writers, poets, photographers and artists showcased in this little e-book are anything to go by, it will be a bright future.”

Principal Jane McBride said: “Our students leave me in amazement every single day with their creativity, energy and passion. This latest book is a staggering achievement.”

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