An Author’s Apprentice

Have just had a fabulous week with my Swedish “apprentice”, Adam!  We’ve had fun going round London in search of ideas, inspiration, settings and characters and I hope he enjoyed it as much as I did 🙂 photo(3)

In Sweden, teenagers get to have a week at the end of year 8 where they go out into a workplace to see what it’s like to do different jobs – preferably the sort they think they might like to pursue as a career in the future.  They get to try out various aspects and really find out what a job entails, which I think is great.  Either they’ll love it or they can see it’s not for them, but whatever happens it’s important and a great opportunity.

Adam wants to be an author, so he’d asked if he could be my “apprentice” for a week and I was very happy to agree.  I don’t know how useful it’s been in terms of deciding his future, but I hope I’ve given him a little taste of what I do.   And London is definitely a very inspiring place!

Here are some photos from our outings/fact-finding missions:-

Dragon's eggs?

Dragon’s eggs?

... which turn into small dragons!

… which turn into small dragons!


photo(4)photo(5)photoSelfie Tower

Not very Botticelli!

Not very Botticelli!


  1. What a great idea and I’m sure he enjoyed the experience. I had a high school senior spend the day with me once when they got to do a similar thing.

    Comment by Angela Britnell — May 21, 2016 @ 12:10 am

  2. What a fabulous idea. Much better than a week in a shop or an office!

    Comment by Katy Haye — May 21, 2016 @ 8:07 am

  3. Thank you – yes, it was great fun!

    Comment by Christina Courtenay — May 21, 2016 @ 8:37 pm

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