The school recently had the privilege of welcoming the award winning author and illustrator Catherine Rayner. Catherine spoke to the children about how important it is to read and how becoming an author was an ambition of hers. Catherine lives in Edinburgh along with the following interesting characters: Shannon the horse, Ena the grey cat and a goldfish called Richard. She told the children that she finds huge inspiration in her pets and often uses them as models, frequently asking Ena to pose so that she can study her posture and movement. Then she translates sketches of Ena into characters such as dragons and hares, not to mention moose and bears! But it was creatures of a wilder kind that inspired her first picture book, Augustus and His Smile – Catherine spent hours and hours watching and sketching tigers (in freezing temperatures) at Edinburgh Zoo. The children had a wonderful, magical morning with this experience, and were able to purchase books signed personally by Catherine.