Pupils Meet Author & Poet, Patience Agbabi

Friday 21 May 2021

On Wednesday 19th May, 30 of our keenest readers from KS3 had the chance to meet author and poet, Patience Agbabi.


Pupils tuned in to the event via Zoom from the school library. Patience Agbabi read extracts from her two YA novels: The Infinite and The Time-Thief. Pupils listened keenly and prepared questions for a Q&A session.


This was a fantastic opportunity for pupils to engage in literary discussions with an esteemed author and poet. Topics of discussion included: representation in fiction, dismantling stereotypes in fiction writing, the writing process itself, and why climate change is such an important theme in Patience Agbabi’s work.


The event was particularly useful for our year 9 pupils who are currently studying Patience Agbabi’s re-interpretation of The Canterbury Tales, Telling Tales.


The event was organised by Facing History and Ourselves, a charity that uses lessons of history to challenge teachers and pupils to stand up to bigotry and hate. The librarian and pupils thank Facing History and Patience Agbabi for the invitation and the brilliant event.


Copies of The Infinite and The Time-Thief are now available in the school library.


The Infinite


Leaplings, children born on the 29th of February, are very rare. Rarer still are Leaplings with The Gift - the ability to leap through time. Elle Bibi-Imbele Ifie has The Gift, but she's never used it. Until now.


On her twelfth birthday, Elle and her best friend Big Ben travel to the Time Squad Centre in 2048. Elle has received a mysterious warning from the future. Other Leaplings are disappearing in time - and not everyone at the centre can be trusted. Soon Elle's adventure becomes more than a race through time. It's a race against time. She must fight to save the world as she knows it - before it ceases to exist...


The Time-Thief


It's midsummer's day and thirteen-year-old Elle and her Leapling classmates are visiting the Museum of the Past, the Present and the Future. But on the day of the school trip, disaster strikes, and the most unique and valuable piece in the museum, the Infinity-Glass, is stolen! And worse still, Elle's friend and fellow Infinite, MC(2), is arrested for the crime!


To prove his innocence Elle must leap back centuries in time, to a London very different from today. Along the way she will meet new friends, face dangers unlike any she has ever known, and face an old enemy who is determined to destroy her. Can Elle find the missing Infinity-Glass and return it to its rightful home before it's too late?