AN author has spoken to school children about the joys of reading.

Julie Earle popped into Benyon Primary School, in Tyssen Place, South Ockendon, to speak to classes about creative writing and read from her new book ‘The Magical Gate.

Julie, whose motto is "their is a book in everyone" asked each child to write their own story with the winner getting a signed copy of her book.

Julie said: “The day was very rewarding and the staff were excellent. Everyone had a wonderful day.”