Academy’s reading patron

Marcus Alexander with academy pupils
Marcus Alexander with academy pupils

A children’s author has been appointed by a school to help promote reading among its pupils.

Marcus Alexander, author of the Keeper of the Realms series, featuring debut fantasy trilogy The Crows Revenge, The Dark Army and Blood and Fire, met with children at Baird Primary Academy on Monday (September 22).

He has been appointed as a Patron of Reading and visited the school to kick off the initiative and to talk to the pupils about reading, writing, the job of being an author and what inspires his characters.

In Monday’s session Mr Alexander covered his interest in extreme sports, his inspiration to write, and the interesting places he has visited such as sandboarding in the Sahara.

Mr Alexander said: “I’m super excited to be working with the Baird Academy. I’m a huge believer not just in literacy but the importance of pursuing and building creative talent and imagination in our youth.

“The ability to think outside the box is essential not just for writers but for today’s students looking to stay competitive in tomorrow’s emerging industries.

“The opportunity to work with the students at Baird Academy over the years is amazing and I’m thrilled to see how their creative talents bloom.”

Tsai Tenn, academy principal, said: “We are so excited to welcome Marcus Alexander on his first visit to Baird Primary Academy as our Patron of Reading.

“His passion for learning is highly evident and we hope he will be an inspiration to our pupils, not only through his accomplishments as a writer but also through his views about the value and the necessity of reading to achieve success in our lives. Reading is one of our key foci and we are looking forward to working with Marcus in the coming months as we work towards our goal of becoming an outstanding academy where every child succeeds.”