Award-winning Marcus Sedgwick showed pupils at The Grammar School at Leeds that the garden shed is more than just a place to store a lawnmower.
The young adult fiction writer got his audience of year 9 pupils involved by showing them pictures of where he works every day – a shed at the bottom of his garden – and asking them to select an object in the photo to quiz him about.
Mr Sedgwick told the pupils that the 1977 movie Star Wars serves as a source of inspiration whenever he suffers ‘writer’s block’, saying that, like many fantasy stories, it follows a standard structure for the journey of the archetypal hero.
He said: “The pupils have been a delight and made my life easy as a speaker by asking good and pertinent questions.”
Mr Sedgwick has much in common with acclaimed children’s writer Roald Dahl, who wrote much of his works in a shed in his garden, writing by hand.