Author Chris Bradford is very much a “method writer” who likes to immerse himself in the worlds he describes in his books. Who knew he was a practising Samurai and bodyguard?
Year 7 students had a fun filled time when we visited King Edwards Boy’s School Camp Hill to see Chris tell us about his books and the ways he goes about researching his characters. Chris is a real showman and involved the audience in learning some of the tips and strategies used by “close protection” officers. It was particularly enjoyable when a kidnap attempt was made on the School Librarian – Miss Aine Garvey, and members of the audience had to foil the plot. Fortunately, she survived unhurt. Everyone was impressed when Chris bought out a huge Samurai sword and told us about the history of this magnificent and dangerous weapon. His Young Samurai and Bodyguard series of books draw on his knowledge of the dangerous worlds and are packed with action and adventure.
We loved our visit to Camp Hill and thank all the staff who made it possible for us to visit.