Royal Blind School pupils interview David Walliams

Posted: 23/08/2018 | Education,

Comedian and children’s author David Walliams gave his only interview at the Edinburgh International Book Festival today to pupils from the Royal Blind School.

Mr Walliams, who was the biggest selling author of 2017, has written 13 books including The Boy in the Dress and Bad Dad.

Five pupils stand beside David WalliamsHe met five pupils from the Royal Blind School in Edinburgh at the event organised by BBC Scotland’s LAB team.

Pupil, Amy, is a big fan of Mr Walliams’ books - her favourite is World’s Worst Children.

She said: “It was good to meet David, I really enjoyed interviewing him.”

The team deliver free in-school digital media training workshops to young people around Scotland.

Each year they work with the Edinburgh International Book Festival to train groups of primary aged pupils to interview a selection of authors appearing at the festival.

Chris O’Rourke and Johanna Hall visited the school on Tuesday to lead a workshop on interview skills with the pupils.

Royal Blind School English Teacher, Beth Laughlin, said: “This has been a fantastic experience for pupils of the Royal Blind School to meet one of the biggest children’s authors in the UK.

“We are very grateful to BBC LAB for selecting the Royal Blind School's pupils to interview David Walliams, and to Jo and Chris for coming along to the school to prepare the pupils for the big day.”

Johanna Hall Project Leader, BBC LAB Scotland, said: “The young people from our workshop are big David Walliams fans. With their newly honed interviewing skills they were ready to do a great interview. They had some interesting questions lined up, including one about brussel sprouts!” 

The Royal Blind School is Scotland's only residential school specialising in the care and education of vision impaired children and young people, including those with complex needs and vision impairment.