WORLD famous author Cliff McNish paid a visit to Windermere School after one of its students won a national competition.

Mr McNish writes novels for children and young adults, and is best known for his fantasy, horror and sci-fi stories. His work has been translated into almost 30 languages.

His visit was awarded to the school after Oliver Gajdowski, now in Year 9, won a national competition with a soap opera sketch involving Shakespeare, Marlowe and a copyright theft.

Windermere student, Demi Eamer, now in Year 10, was awarded second prize in the same prestigious competition.

Cliff spoke to pupils on his background as a writer and a range of his books, including his first novel ‘Doomspell.’ He also explained how to write a story in five easy steps and how to create characters.