Author Reflects on Life and a Love of Reading ( Published: 14/10/2016)

Debut author and North Korean defector, Sungju Lee, visited Whalley Range 11-18 High School on Friday 14th October 2016 to talk to Year 9 students about his eagerly awaited novel for young people – Every Falling Star.

Sungju is a keen advocate of reading for pleasure and the purpose of the visit was to encourage the students to engage with the stories presented to them both in the classroom and at home, across many different platforms and from many different cultures.

He was a truly inspiring speaker and gives a fascinating insight into how harsh life in North Korea is, one of the most isolated countries on earth.

Sungju explains why he wanted to share his story:

My story chronicles my life as a street boy and my aim is to inspire others so that they can survive the greatest of adversities. My story is about friendship, love, and hope in terrible circumstances. Hope is never lost. No one can take it away. Only you can give it. I refuse to ever give up hope.

Miss Shakeshaft, who arranged the visit, was delighted with the students’ experience:

Students found the event inspiring and gained a lot from hearing Sungju talk. He was engaging, funny and at some points, reflective, which allowed our students to reflect on their own life experiences.

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