A Visit From Peter Bunzl

Sara and Helena in Year 6 report on a special visit to the school by author Peter Bunzl.

On the 20th June 2017 Peter Bunzl, the author of Cogheart and Moonlocket, came to our school to visit and talk about what it’s like being a writer and the inspirations for his books.

Peter grew up in South London with a great interest in books. He also enjoyed sci-fi films and loved to make animations. He adored the robots from films! Peter was most inspired by the Star Wars robots and that’s where he got the inspiration for his character Malkin, a wind-up mechanical fox (and best friend of main character Lily), in his two novels.

Cogheart is all about the emotional journey for a girl called Lily, mechanical fox Malkin and Robert (Lily’s friend). Moonlocket – the sequel – follows on from this book with more mysteries and magic. Both books are set in Victorian England, but with weird and quirky futuristic elements too – a great mix.

When Peter visited our school he showed us all of his inspirational moments. He played games with us (to do with robots, of course!) and demonstrating posture by balancing books on children’s heads (a school lesson from his books… read Cogheart if you want to know more).

Peter told us how he had enjoyed animating his front covers on his books since they’re to do with robots and mechanics. We were allowed to buy either of his books and he signed them at the end! All 50 copies of the books were snapped up by enthusiastic readers.