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Author visit from Holly Bourne

A number of excited Year 9's met Holly today, she is touring to publicise her debut novel!

Holly Bourne dropped in to the library at Reading Girls' School Library to talk about her debut novel "Soulmates" which takes a new approach to the supernatural romance genre so popular at the moment.

She started the session by asking all the girls to introduce themselves and name their favourite book from childhood. There was a definate bias towards Roald Dahl! Holly talked about the research she undertook and was impressed that one of the students knew that the term "soulmates" came from a greek myth, this was something that she had found during her research.

In addition to talking about her novel, Holly talked about her career as a journalist. After gaining a first class degree in journalism at the University of Sheffield, Holly spent 2 years as a news reporter for the Sunday Mirror and was shortlisted for Print Journalist of the Year 2010.

Holly now works for TheSite.org <http://www.thesite.org/>  - a charity-run website that helps 16-25-year-olds with practically every problem you can imagine growing up. "I'm like half-journalist, half-agony aunt." As well as working as a site journalist she also helps moderate TheSite boards, focusing particularly on young peoples' sex and relationship problems.

At the end of the session, the girls queued up to buy copies of the book, which were signed for them. We are sure her visit will prove an inspiration to many budding authors.