THE Wellington Academy in Tidworth recently had the honour of hosting a captivating workshop led by the renowned author Lindsey Barraclough.

The event offered students a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to delve into the creative world of the author whose works are steeped in mystery, monsters, and witchcraft.

Lindsey, acclaimed for her debut novel Long Lankin, which has been shortlisted for multiple awards, left a mark on the young minds of Year 8 students.

Students were given the chance to win a signed copy of her book.

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Lindsey began with a morning assembly, speaking to them about her back story and how she came upon her idea for Long Lankin and Mark of Cain.

Students were then invited to the library for workshops, where they were tasked with creating their own beginning sentence, middle section and end sentence to create their own story.

Their work was then collected in and marked by Lindsey herself, with the winning student receiving a signed copy of both books.

Long Lankin was set back in the 1950s. Lindsey put many years of research into her work visiting many churches, learning about bell towers and Lych Gates.

Carol Moorhouse, librarian at The Wellington Academy, said: “It is always a pleasure to have Lindsey Barraclough in, the students are always in awe at her stories. Lindsey regularly visits the school and offers our students workshops, which ourselves and the students are very grateful for. Hearing from an author the months and years of research that go into a book is inspiring and hopefully will inspire any budding authors we have within our midst.”