One of Britain’s most successful authors for children opened Fleetwood High School’s new Learning Resource Centre last week.

Joseph Delaney, author of the famous “Spooks” novels, came to meet students and open this newly refurbished area of the school. Mr Delaney has recently returned from Vancouver Canada, where he watched one of his books be transformed into a new block buster film, featuring Hollywood stars Julianne Moore and Jeff Bridges. The film, The Seventh Son, is due to be released in March next year.

Although The Learning Resource Centre is new, it was decked in cobwebs and spiders for its grand opening, which clearly had a supernatural feel to fit in with the novelist’s books and Halloween. Mr Delaney was introduced to an audience of students, Governors and primary school pupils, by Year Ten students Callum Wardle and Holly Youngson. He then gave an interesting talk about how, as a local guy from Preston, he had managed to become a successful writer, and what had inspired him to produce his excellent books. He then answered a number of questions from excited and inquisitive students who are avid fans of his literature, and kindly held an autograph signing session for his young fans. A spooks themed buffet was then shared, before Mr Delaney went on to hold a less formal work shop with the high school’s students.

Callum Wardle is an great “Spooks” fan and has read the whole series of books. He said, “It was an honour to welcome Mr Delaney to the school today. I was really nervous about introducing him at first, but he really put us at our ease and gave us some excellent tips to help us with our writing.” Fleetwood High School’s Literacy Co-ordinator, Mrs Heather Grant, said, “Year 7 and 8 students alike really enjoyed the experience and are looking forward to reading the next books in the series, followed closely by a trip to the cinema to see their favourite characters brought to life on the big screen in the new film.”