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‘Securing Excellence in Schools and Academies’

Author visits Magnus Academy

Magnus Church of England Academy welcomed author, Sue Cheung into school to inspire students in workshops discussing reading, writing, and a love of literature, as part of the Academy’s commitment to ensuring all of their students get the opportunity to meet a published author.


Sue’s most recent book ‘Chinglish’, is based on her own life and is about Jo Kwan, a teenager growing up in 1980’s Coventry, living above the family’s Chinese takeaway, and tells an honest account of growing up ‘on the other side of the takeaway counter.’


Sue said she always enjoyed speaking with young people and had fun discussing her own life as detailed in the book. “I had two great sessions at Magnus C of E Academy, year 10s and a smaller group of sixth formers. Both audiences were intrigued by my memoir which covered hilarious anecdotes to more serious topics such as racism, bullying and mental health. The quality of the questions indicated that they had held their interest to the end, and ranged from to ones relating to 'Chinglish' and also about becoming a writer. Thanks for an enjoyable afternoon Magnus!”


Year 10 student, Tia Lowe said she had enjoyed the workshop, “Sue inspired me to worry less about what people think of me, it was great to hear her honest thoughts about her time growing up.”  Kaylen Ashfield, also in Year 10 said, “Sue made me laugh with extracts from the book and I enjoyed seeing all her illustrations.  I'm looking forward to reading the book.”


Heather Jackson, Learning Resource Centre Manager at Magnus said the visit was a great opportunity for students. “Hearing an author talk is a wonderful experience for students and can promote a lifelong love for reading and writing. We hope that some of our year ten and sixth form students have been motivated to write down some of their own ideas or stories after hearing Sue talk about her passion for writing.


“I had students coming up to tell me how much they enjoyed the visit. The afternoon was a great success.”