Young Bond author visits Sibford

Best-selling children’s author Steve Cole visited Sibford School near Banbury on Wednesday (18 January) to talk to pupils about his latest new book, Young Bond: Strike Lightning.

Published in paperback by Penguin Random House, this is Steve’s third book in the Young Bond series.

In the week that BBC Radio 2 launched their annual short story competition, 500 Words, for children aged five to 13, Steve encouraged pupils to experiment with their own writing.

“Take inspiration from stuff you enjoy because that enthusiasm will then come across in your writing,” he told pupils.

“Take a character you know and imagine they are like you. Set up first impressions that are then proved wrong. Think about introducing something that looks wonderful but turns out to have a darker side. Who knows where it might take it you? Often we accomplish things as adults because we started doing things as a child.”

In addition to Young Bond, Steve’s other books include the hugely successful Astrosaurs young fiction series, several Doctor Who novels and the Secret Agent Mummy series.

His visit was a particular highlight for Year 5 pupil Joe who is a huge fan of the Astosaur series. “All his book are so cool and easy to read,” said Joe. “It was an absolutely amazing experience to meet my most favourite author.”

Sibford students were joined for the talk by pupils from neighbouring schools.


  • Steve and Joe
  • Steve with pupils from The Warriner, Sibford School, Hook Norton Primary, Sibford Gower Endowed Primary and Great Rollright Primary.

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