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Book Club have been reading the 6 books shortlisted for the Nottinghamshire County Council Inspire Brilliant Book Award 2023. On Wednesday 8th February we visited Carlton le Willows Academy to meet Dan Smith, author of Nisha’s War, one of the shortlisted books.

Dan’s talk was followed by a lively question and answer session and many students took the opportunity to buy one of Dan’s books and have it signed.

‘Today was very informative, inspiring and fun. We loved learning about his different books and how he gets his ideas and pieces them together for his stories’ 

Martha and George

‘It was really fun and exciting going to Carlton le Willows. It allowed us to gain a new experience and to meet new people. We got to ask the author questions and get signed copies of this books’ 


‘It was a very interesting and inspiring trip. I loved hearing what he had to say and about how his experience differed to others. A lovely day out’ 

Evie and Josh

‘I enjoyed learning about the author’s life and stories about becoming a writer. I really enjoyed today. Thank you!’ 


‘The talk was really informative and it felt like we could get involved. He answered the questions really well and told lots of his childhood stories’ 

Laura and Ava

‘I enjoyed the talk. It was intriguing to learn about the Dan’s life and how he became an author’


The trip was a fun experience. It was interesting to learn how the author grew up, his aspirations and how he used his experiences to find inspiration for his books.

Josh and Aaila

After half term we are looking forward to hearing virtual talks from three of the other shortlisted authors, including answers to questions sent in by the students, and another trip, this time to Arnold Hill Spencer Academy, to meet Darren Simpson, author of Furthermoor, another of the shortlisted books.