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Darren Shan

Language: English
Genre: Dystopia, Horror
Age group: 12-14, 15-18

Darren’s stories take you to a terrifying world- a world full of Zom-B’s! Do you have the guts to hear extracts from the Zom-B series? Edgy and confrontational, Zom-B brings together all the classic Shan trademarks that have turned him into a global writing superstar. In this event you will hear Darren discussing his books, reading extracts from the series, sharing writing tips and talking about his inspiration. 

If you only do one thing

We know time is tight, so here is just one activity you could do with your class before or after watching the broadcast.

Newspaper article LIT 3-28a, ENG 3-27a, ENG 3-19a

Ask pupils imagine that the worst has happened, and the world has been overrun with a zombie apocolypse. They have survived, but all modern technology has been wiped from the earth in order to remove the zombies. The world has reverted to old fashioned technology, and people correspond via letters and recieve their news via newspapers (zombie's were using TV to communicate and brainswash humans). Ask pupils to write a newspaper article describing their miraculous escape. How did they fight off the zombies? What advice would they offer to their fellow humans and what did they learn from their experience? 

For shorter clips from this broadcast visit the BBC Scotland Learning(this will open in a new window) website.

A full transcript of this event is available to download.

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