Teen fiction author pays visit to Alvechurch school

Cathy Cassidy

Cathy Cassidy

Best-selling author Cathy Cassidy paid a visit to Alvechurch Middle School to talk to pupils about her books.

She spoke to students about her latest book and offered inspiration to help them with their own reading and writing.

Her new book, Sweet Honey has just been published by Puffin.

Cathy Cassidy is one of the UK’s top selling children’s authors and has twice won the prestigious “Queen of Teen” Award.

She tours extensively around the UK – meeting over 10,000 young readers in 2013.

She was an art teacher, a magazine editor and an agony aunt before becoming a full-time writer and has worked at both Shout and Jackie magazines.

Born in Coventry in 1962, Cathy wrote her first picture book for her little brother when she was eight.

She went on to produce her own comics at school, which she sold to friends.

She said: “I loved making comics – pages and pages of picture stories, features and competitions.

“I’d sell my home-made comic to a friend for 5p, then claim it back and sell it again to someone else – they didn’t have photocopiers back then.”

After training as an art teacher Cathy worked in a Coventry secondary school for a time, before moving to Scotland with her husband Liam to start a family.

She spent 12 years as the agony aunt for the teen magazine Shout and taught in several primary schools.

After many years living in the Galloway hills she now lives in Merseyside.