Children's author Gillian Overitt inspires pupils at Daventry's Falconer's Hill Academy

Pupils at Daventry’s Falconer’s Hill Academy, part of the David Ross Education Trust, had the pleasure of spending the morning with a leading children’s author.

Gillian Overitt, author of popular children’s book Max’s Magical Dream, delivered an assembly for pupils about how hard she had worked to become a children’s author. She also introduced the pupils to the inspiration behind her stories, including a toy dragon that features in each of her books.

Pupils in Years 5 and 6 then took part in workshops with Gillian, where they were given the opportunity to plan and write their own stories using mysterious objects as inspiration.

Paige Smith, a Year 6 pupil at Falconer’s Hill Academy, said: “I thought it was a really valuable experience because I received some great feedback about my writing, which has helped me to improve my skills.”

During her visit, Gillian discussed how she had found reading and writing very challenging when she was younger. However, with strong perseverance and determination, she succeeded in later years to reach her dream of becoming an author.

Gillian also carried out a book signing for children at the end of her visit.

Rose Petruso, Deputy Headteacher and English Lead at Falconer’s Hill Academy, said: “The day was a fantastic opportunity for our pupils.

“It was lovely for children to have the opportunity to meet a published author and ask questions about what it entails. It was clear that many were inspired by her visit.”


As part of the David Ross Education Trust, Falconer’s Hill Academy is committed to providing every pupil with a world-class education. An education that creates academically gifted, confident, well-rounded young people in the classroom, in the workplace and in their communities.

Experiences like this allow pupils to become intellectually curious and help them to develop their passions and discover their talents. 

Matthew Reetz, Executive Headteacher at Falconer’s Hill Academy, said: “This was an incredible opportunity for our pupils to meet such a talented author.

“Gillian was able to provide a whole host of tips and advice about creative writing that will undoubtedly help the pupils in their English lessons.”