Year 5 & 6 attended a virtual author session through the Scottish Book Trust this week. Joseph Elliott, star of BBC’s Swashbuckled, joined us on Teams to talk about his writing. He was so inspirational for the children, explaining how he started out as an actor before moving on to scriptwriting and eventually becoming a children’s author. This only happened because he broke his leg playing football and was unable to act for a while.
Joseph introduced us to his fantasy book series, which is set in a medieval and imaginary version of Scotland. The protagonist of Joseph’s series is a girl called Agatha, who has Downs Syndrome. He explained that before he was an actor, he worked as a teaching assistant in a special needs school, lots of the children there had Downs Syndrome. It struck him that very few books have protagonists with physical/learning disabilities and he believes that we should see a representation of all people in the books we read. His other main character, Jaime, suffers from anxiety which is a mental health disorder that can affect someone’s perception of events.
This was really inspiring for the children and sparked a curiosity to read his books. Hopefully we will see them in our class libraries soon!
Check out his website if you’d like to find out more. https://www.joseph-elliott.net/