Ian Whybrow Author Visit

Award winning author, Ian Whybrow, talked about his literary inspirations and what makes for a good book.


Date: Tue 2 May 2017   Author: Mrs R Halsey, Librarian   Category: Events   Share: Share on facebookShare on TwitterShare on MySpaceShare by Email


The John Lyon School was pleased to welcome the eminent, award-winning author, Mr Ian Whybrow, on Wednesday 26th April 2017. The abundantly prolific writer of humorous stories, including the Meerkat Madness series and picture books for younger children, such as the well known Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs series, was a former Head of English and Head of Sixth Form here at the School.

The School was absolutely delighted to count children from Buckingham Prep, Quainton Hall, Roxeth Primary School and St George’s Catholic Primary School, among the excited audience alongside our students. 

Mr Whybrow entertained the audience with amusing accounts of the real-life events which inspired his stories, describing how much he enjoyed being read to as a child, knowing that his parents were enjoying it too. He believes that the acid test of a good book is that there is something in it for everyone to enjoy and consequently, writes with adults as well as children, in mind. His own turning point came, at the age of 15, when he read Dickens’ Great Expectations.

Mr Whybrow was happy to answer lots of questions from the audience and spoke about his work with the Elizabeth's Legacy of Hope charity.

To conclude his visit, he gave all those who attended the opportunity to meet with him personally, while he carried out a book signing, which was greeted with evident enthusiasm by the boys and our visitors.

The Gordon Surtees Library would like to offer our gratitude to all of the members of staff who helped to coordinate this wonderful event and to Mr Whybrow for providing such an engaging morning. We also extend our thanks to the visiting schools and their staff for allowing their students to participate in such an enriching experience.