World Book Day Author Visit – Anthony McGowan

13 March 2024


The Senior School Library was delighted to host Carnegie Medal winning author Anthony McGowan on 8th March, where he engaged with Year 7 students alongside peers from our partner school, Sacred Heart Language College, as part of our World Book Day festivities.

During his presentation, Anthony shared insights into his upbringing, journey as a writer, and the creative spark behind his literary creations. Attendees were then treated to an excerpt from his latest book, ‘Dogs of the Deadlands’, set in Chernobyl after the explosion of the no. 4 reactor in 1986. The focus of the book is what happens to an area after the people leave and the wildlife takes over. Post-talk, students eagerly seized the opportunity to pose questions to Anthony, before having the chance to receive signed copies of his latest book.

Anthony, who has a PhD in Philosophy, also gave a talk to Year 9 students about ethics. After a discussion about different ethical systems Anthony told them two emotive stories from his childhood that illustrated different attitudes to morality. This garnered a lot of debate…before the revelation that only one of the two stories was true. The session ended with gasps of shock and continuing chatter about the stories. A thoroughly enjoyable and thought-provoking afternoon!



Author, Anthony McGowan signs books for students.