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 With the Exam Season fast approaching we had the pleasure of welcoming Nicola Morgan to talk to students, parents, staff and governors about managing exam stress. 

 "Nicola is an internationally renowned speaker and author of 100 books so we were delighted when Nicola found time in her busy schedule to visit us," said Mrs Wrennall, College librarian.

Nicola was given a warm welcome the College library by Key Stage 4 and Sixth Form students who had been enjoying a library makeover which turned the library into Readaxation Spa.

 Nicola coined the phrase Readaxation to describe “reading for relaxation” and was thrilled with the enthusiasm with which the idea had been embraced.  

The well-known author then spoke to parents and staff about how to support students through their exams.

"Mrs Hannaford said that she thought Nicola was amazing and found her talk fascinating,” said Mrs Wrennall.

"I learnt a lot from Nicola's talk and it was great to see so many students embrace the idea of reading for relaxation.

"The Readaxation Spa is destined to become a regular event in the library.
"It was a wonderful opportunity for our students and their families to hear from an author who is so renowned in her field."

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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.

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.

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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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