About 70 school pupils and members of the public came along to a talk by author Melvin Burgess, organised by Halton Borough Council’s Library Service at Halton Stadium last week.

Enthusiastic readers from Wade Deacon and Ashley School were among those listening to him reading from his new book, ‘The Lost Witch’ and ask him questions.

Some had also brought ‘facts’ to impress him!

Carnegie Medal winning author Melvin talks about his career and his books including best sellers ‘Junk’ and ‘Sara’s Face’.

Melvin became famous in 1998 with the publication of Junk, about heroin-addicted teenagers on the streets of Bristol.

In Britain, Junk became one of the best-known young adult books of the decade.

Burgess won the annual Carnegie Medal from the Library Association, recognising the year’s best children’s book by a British author

For the 10th anniversary in 2007 it was named one of the top ten Medal-winning works, selected by a panel to compose the ballot for a public election of the all-time favourite.

Halton Libraries’ next great children’s author visit is on Wednesday 3 October at Halton Stadium when we will be welcoming Andy Briggs author of the high tech adventure series ‘The Inventory’, ‘Villain.net’ and ‘Hero.com’ and the new book ‘Drone Racer’.

As well as writing great children’s books Andy is a screenwriter writing on movie projects such as ‘Judge Dredd’ and ‘Freddy vs Jason’ and ‘Foreverman’ for Spiderman creator Stan Lee