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St John’s school captain Ben Springhall gets a book autographed by Steven Herrick

August 9, 2019

Aussie children’s author and poet Steven Herrick triggered some genuine “laugh out loud” moments when he visited St John’s Lutheran School in Kingaroy on Friday.

About 100 students from Years 6-9 gathered in the school library to hear Steven read out humorous verses, create spontaneous poetry and share stories.

Steven’s books have won numerous awards and have been shortlisted many times in the Children’s Book of the Year awards.

He told the students he wrote his first poem, “Love Is Like A Gobstopper”, when he was just 18.

His first novel, “Rhyming Boy”, was published in 2008.

St John’s Year 7-9 English teacher Jodie Springhall said Steven’s books were very popular with students and were a great way to encourage reluctant readers.

After the session, students queued to get copies of Steven’s books autographed.

English teacher Jodie Springhall with a handful of Steven’s books from the St John’s school library

Students sat rapt as Steven spoke, occasionally breaking out into peals of laughter

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