Horror comes to Icknield

Witch trials, Ghost stories and Creepy creative writing!

WIlliam Hussey in the LRC

On Tuesday 15th December Icknield High school welcomed visiting author and Carnegie nominee William Hussey.

The young Horror writer spent the day working with almost 900 hundred students; telling ghost stories, sharing creative writing tips and capturing the student’s imagination with an interactive drama. The recreation of a 17th century witch trial provided an introduction to civil war history; drawing parallels with the modern issue of bullying.

The author’s aim was to encourage a new generation of authors and to get them excited about reading and creative writing. At the end the students had the opportunity to meet William and purchase a signed copy of his latest novel.


English teacher, Mrs Fry said;  “The children hung on every word, the visit has generated a huge amount of interest from the students, with all of William’s books flying off the library shelves- it was brilliant!

Speaking after the event, William Hussey said; “The pupils were a real credit to the school, both with behaviour and their engagement. I am really pleased with how the workshop went and I am delighted with how many enthusiastic readers there were. Every student I spoke to was able to tell me what book they were currently reading which was great. My advice to young writers is to read as much as you can”.

Creative Writing

The school hopes to invite William back in the future to continue to inspire further reading and creative writing across the school.