AN ACCLAIMED author paid a visit to Beaconsfield High School where she inspired pupils with a speech.

Malorie Blackman OBE went along to the school in Wattleton Road on Thursday, October 13, where she was interviewed by students Anne Gill and Sophie Alexander, both 16, in front of more than 300 other pupils.

They found out more about her life and work, including her critically acclaimed Noughts and Crosses series.

Ms Blackman proved to be an animated interviewee and students heard of her tenacity when it came to her tenacity in first getting published, having received 82 rejection letters before her first acceptance.

She told them to write about issues that they care about and that writing shoud come from the heart.

Ms Blackman also talked about the importance that libraries had played in her joureny to becoming an author.

School librarian Sue Harris said: "The girls clapped and cheered Malorie. We have never had such a powerful response to an author visit before and the queues for book signings were unbelievable."

Student Ursula Grover, 16, who watched the interview, said: "She is absolutely bursting with enthusiasm and talent and is an inspiration to me."