On Thursday 14th March Bethany School held our final Pengelly Society meeting of the academic year. Our guest speaker was Martin Johnson, a local author who started out his professional career as an actor after training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
Martin entertained us by reading the gripping prologue from his first novel ‘Niedermayer & Hart’, a horror/thriller. His main aim in writing the story was to create a ripping yarn, the kind of well-plotted story he himself would like to read, with a cast of rich and memorable characters.
Through his talk, Martin also highlighted some aspects of the writing process that we could all apply in our daily lives. Firstly, Martin talked about how, when writing, it is common to have plot holes that can be hard to work through. His solution? To sleep on the problem as, nine times out of 10, he has a solution by the morning.
He also spoke about the redrafting process and how, to end up with a successful novel, he may write eight or nine drafts. This enhanced the importance of persistence and engagement to achieve the best result you can.
Year 13 pupil, Tom Williams, has acted as Pengelly Society Secretary this academic year and has done a fantastic job. He helped identify and book visiting speakers, he has kept a record of all those who have visited and has introduced our speaker each meeting.