Patron of Reading: Jo Cotterill
Hello, DGS! I am VERY excited to be your Patron of Reading 2016-2019! I'm looking forward to meeting lots of you and hearing about the books you love/hate/want to climb inside as well as all your brilliant ideas for stories and characters. I'll be coming in for events every now and then, and also to recommend books to you that I've read and loved.
I've been publishing books for children since 2004 and now have over 25 to my name. I used to be an actor and then a teacher (GCSE English in an Oxford school!) but now I write full-time at home in Kidlington. I went to an all-girls school myself, so the environment at DGS feels very familiar and homely. My latest books are the Electrigirl series (about a female superhero, partly told through comic strip) and A Library of Lemons, a story about a girl who loves books and discovers friendship. I've also won some awards for my novel Looking at the Stars, which is about a girl who loves to make up stories and realises that her imagination is the best asset she could have as a refugee.
When I'm not writing, I write songs for my band First Draft (three children's authors and one bookseller) which performs occasionally at book and music festivals. I also love crafts, especially card-making, and spend far too much money in Hobbycraft. Do come and say hi if you see me around school!
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