Talented schoolgirl delighted after renowned author highlights her story online

Talented schoolgirl delighted after renowned author highlights her story online

by Danielle Thompson (June 2020)

A TALENTED schoolgirl was shocked and thrilled when she found that an award-winning author had read one of her stories!

Year 5 St Luke's CE Primary School Formby pupil Joni Falconer, 10, from Formby, had the surprise of her life when she found out that children’s author Frank Cottrell-Boyce had read her story based on the epic poem of Beowulf. Joni’s story was featured on Frank’s Instagram account in May, read out loud by the actress Siobhan McSweeney, better known as Sister Mary from the comedy programme, Derry Girls.

Joni, who attends St Luke’s CE Primary in Formby has a passion for reading and writing and has used her lockdown time at home very creatively.

She said: “I have been writing lots of stories while I’ve been at home and would like to make them into a book. I’ve read ‘Framed’ by Frank Cottrell-Boyce and I really want to read more of his books. I want to be an author when I grow up as this is one of my favourite things to do.”

Headteacher Sharon Cowey sent her congratulations to Joni, commenting on her expertise in ‘weaving a story’ and then contacted Mr Cottrell-Boyce to share her story.

She said: “Joni is now busier than ever. She has offered to read a range of books which she will review for thechool’s new junior library and has volunteered to recommend books for children to read and to share her love of reading with the younger children – when she can go back to school!”

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