For the climax of our Festival of Literature week we were very lucky to welcome the Carnegie Medal winning author of Buffalo Soldier, Tanya Landman to Broadoak.
Tanya spent the day at Broadoak where she gave an interesting and entertaining talk to all year 7 students. Tanya talked about her life, how she became a writer and her pet pig! She told us how she planned and researched her books especially her award winning book Buffalo Soldier which is set in America at the end of the American Civil War and follows the life of a young African American slave girl called Charlie as she is “freed” from slavery and disguises as a man and joins the army. We follow Charlie’s story as a young black “Buffalo Soldier” in the United States cavalry where she is expected to fight the Native American Indians to clear the land for the white settlers. The talk was very informative and delivered with lots of humour making it enjoyable for all. During the question and answer session at the end, our year 7 students demonstrated their superb investigative skills with some fantastic and well thought through questions.
Tanya also delivered two creative writing workshops to year 8 students in which she showed them how to plan and write a murder mystery story. Students had to choose a celebrity as their victim and then think of potential suspects. They were then able to write an exciting start to their story, with the build up to the actual murder!
All-in-all Tanya’s visit was a huge success engaging our students with her natural talent for storytelling.