AUTHOR Kevin Brooke has visited Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College to speak to 60 year 7 students. He talked about his recently published book Jimmy Cricket, which is about a troubled boy who finds help with the support of a Cricket Club for bereaved young people.

Mr Brooke engaged the students immediately with constant references to cricket and using cricket terms throughout to involve everyone.

He was asked many questions about his own love of sport, in particular, cricket and rugby, and also about his writing.

The students discussed alternative endings for parts of the book that he read out, using cricket signs to vote for their favourite.

Discussions covered issues such as bereavement, peer pressure, first love, and how Jimmy, the main character, could overcome these.

The event was organised by the College Librarian, Linda Bromyard, who said: “The students were stimulated throughout the session, through both the love of reading and sport – a winning combination!"