'I always find it immensely flattering to be invited to talk to students, and my recent trip to the beautiful Cokethorpe School was no exception. Flattering, because ultimately to know that English students are pouring over a book that I wrote (A Game Of Polo With A Headless Goat; or rather, a small extract of it) means that I hopefully am some small inspiration to future writers.
Speaking to a large group of GSCE students, and later to a smaller group of English A Level students, they were attentive and asked some insightful questions. I hope they enjoyed the experience; I don't remember ever having an author come and speak to us at school – mind you we learned prose only by writers who were no longer living.
I hope it encourages them to write, to be expressive, also to be inquisitive about the world and want to explore and have adventures. I feel privileged that I had that opportunity soon after graduation, which gave me a wonderful experience of life.
Hearty thanks to the School, the students and especially the English Department at Cokethorpe and I wish you all every success - which ever path in life you choose.'
Emma Levine, Author