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The novelist, actor and television screenwriter Mark Billingham made a return to his old school Camp Hill Boys last week to talk to pupils, parents and staff. Mark was delighted to be shown around the school before his talk. While he remarked that much had changed, it still smelled exactly the same. Camp Hill Boys News took to Twitter to tell everyone about their “fantastic day with Mark Billingham.” The Twitter feed assured us that all those who were fortunate enough to attend this event were thoroughly entertained and inspired. The former Camp Hill Boys pupil enjoyed lunch at the school and also took time to sign copies of his latest Tom Thorne novel “Love Like Blood.”

During his hour long talk with the boys he told them about his time at the school and praised the support and encouragement he received from Mike Southworth. Taking part in the school play became a big part of his school life and influenced his career immensely. Students then had the opportunity to ask him questions about his writing processes, both novel writing and for the screen. During lunch Mark had the chance to catch up with a few of his old teachers who came in with photos and classroom stories. In the afternoon Mark gave a second talk in the library to parents, many of whom had been fans of his work for years and were delighted to have the opportunity to chat with Mark about his work.IMG_7459