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An author of close to 100 books will be coming to the College to talk to students and their families about managing exam stress.

The College will be giving a very warm welcome to Nicola Morgan - an international speaker and award-winning author for and about teenagers - on 1 and 2 March 2017.

Nicola will be talking to students about managing their exam stress and how to take a holistic approach to their studies.

"We also have a Parent event on the Wednesday 1 March at 4pm-5:15pm for parents who would like to find out how to support their child during the approach to the exam season," said College librarian Mrs Wrennall.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for our students and their families to have an author who is so renowned in her field, we're really excited about her coming."

Any parents who haven’t yet returned their reply slips for their free tickets and would like to attend please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Nicola has written nearly 100 books, including novels such as Wasted, Fleshmarket (currently being adapted for the London stage) and Mondays are Red, but in the past 12 years she has become increasingly well-known for her passionate factual work on adolescence, with her 2005 book on the teenage brain, Blame My Brain, shortlisted for the Aventis prize and The Teenage Guide to Stress winning the School Library Association award in both the readers’ and the judges’ categories and being snapped up by teenagers and their hard-pressed adults.

The Teenage Guide to Friends comes out in May 2017 and she is currently writing two other books – details soon!

A former teacher and dyslexia specialist, Nicola now writes and speaks internationally on a wide variety of subjects relating to both adolescence and the reading brain, including a focus on reading as a route to wellbeing and relaxation.

Nicola is Chair of the Children’s Writers and Illustrators Group committee of the Society of Authors, is a former chair of the Society of Authors in Scotland, and is an Ambassador for Dyslexia Scotland.

In 2014 she created Brain Sticks™, original, empowering and extensive classroom materials for healthy brains and minds, which allow schools to teach topics such as sleep, nutrition, stress management and how the brain learns.

She followed this in 2016 with Stress Well for Schools and Exam Attack.  

Nicola also writes and speaks about the publishing industry and self-publishing. Her books, Write to be Published, ebooks Write a Great Synopsis and Dear Agent, and blog, Help! I Need a Publisher!, are renowned for their clarity and honesty – in fact, she’s known as the Crabbit Old Bat because of this honesty!

Nicola Morgan Fact File:

•    Born in 1961 in a boys’ boarding school.
•    Educated in boys’ boarding schools – my father was a prep school headmaster. He taught me English and French; my mother taught me maths and science. A very terrifying person taught me history, geography and wrestling. Another one taught me Latin and Greek. I taught myself survival.
•    Cambridge University 1979-82 – read Classics and Philosophy.
•    English teacher in London, later specialising in specific learning difficulties (dyslexia).
•    Started Magic Readers in 1994, which became the website The Child Literacy Centre, which I ran single-handedly, without funding. I stopped this in 2009, as it was taking more time than I had.

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