Berlie Doherty: The Company of Ghosts

In November we took award winning author Berlie Doherty to Edinburgh and West Lothian to spook the secondary schools and to talk about her new book The Company of Ghosts.

The Company of Ghosts is abeautiful, haunting ghost story.  Ellie is dealing with the grief of her parents recent divorce and finds herself deserted on a remote island where all is not as it seems.

Twice winner of the Carnegie medal, Berlie Doherty is the author of over 60 books for children, teenagers and adults, and has written many plays for radio, theatre and television. Berlie talked the pupils through different genres she has written for children and young adults and shared some of her secret tips on 'how to build your story up' to the aspiring young writers!

There were some fantastic questions from the S1 - S3's, ranging from "Do you get good ideas whilst you're dreaming?", "Do you thinking writing prose is the same as song writing?" and "Have you ever written a book about someone you know?".  All the pupils got involved with the event, sharing their scary ghost stories and experiences of ghosts and it was amazing to see the number of pupils raise their hand when Berlie asked who wanted to be a writer!

Take a look at some of the photos below and we will hopefully have some spooky stories written by the pupils to share with you soon!!

You can visit Berlie's website to explore more of her books!


Event Photos

Berlie Doherty - Balerno High School
Berlie Doherty - Balerno High School
Berlie Doherty
Berlie Doherty - Broxburn Academy




Pupil Feedback

I found it a good experience to hear Berlie Doherty talk about writing her books and how she got the ideas.  Some of the things she said about writing were inspirational and gave me some ideas to get better at writing. Nikita, 12, Broxburn Academy

It was good and I would read all of her books.  It made me think that reading is important because it helps you with your vocabulary. Abbie, 11, Broxburn Academy

It was extremely interesting and I learned a lot from it.  I feel I have greatly benefited from it, I was surprised how famous the author was and the books she wrote seemed very interesting.  I am glad we get opportunities like this! Luke, 13, Broxburn Academy

Berlie Doherty's visit was really good, we got to hear some amazing stories and facts about her books and how she creates them.  I would love her to visit again and say more about her books. Constance, 11, Broxburn Academy

Berlie Doherty was a great author to come in and tell us about her books and what it takes to write one.  She gave great advice when she told us about her experiences in writing novels and used great examples.  Every aspect of her presentation was great, especially for people who want to become authors and write their own stories.  I would recommend her books any day! Dylan, 12, Broxburn Academy

My experience was what I call awesomesauce! I love books to bits and it was totally amazing to meet an author in the flesh!  I have read 'A Company of Ghosts' and it was truly one of the best books I have ever read.  I was sucked into Ellie's fictional world - it felt that I was truly there. Amazing. Isla, 12, Broxburn Academy