The writer of the critically acclaimed novel 'Captain Corelli's Mandolin', Louis de Bernières, has visited students of Abbey College in Ramsey.

Staff and pupils from Years 11 through 13 welcomed the much-anticipated visitor to their school on December 15 for two inspiring seminar-style sessions.

Students prepared eagerly for the visit and composed questions for Mr De Bernières, whose famous novel was also turned into a Hollywood motion picture starring Nicolas Cage. 

Andy Christoforou, Headteacher at Abbey College, said: "It's not every day that a famous writer comes to the town of Ramsey, but the day was certainly momentous and has left a profound and lasting impact on our students."

Students gained valuable insights into the Mr De Bernière's life, the world of literature, steps to becoming an author and imaginative writing skills in the run-up to Year 11 students' GCSEs.

The influential English literature figure fuelled students' enthusiasm for writing and helped with their confidence and creativity.

Mr Christoforou added: "We are very grateful to Louis De Bernières for his time and proud of our students for the passion and enthusiasm they showed during his visit."

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