Budding young writers at Hulme Hall Grammar School, Cheadle  let their imaginations run wild earlier this week as they met celebrated children’s author Cressida Cowell.

The writer of the internationally successful How to Train Your Dragon swooped into the school to inspire children from schools across the county, as part of Simply Books’ author event series.

Hulme Hall Grammar School pupil Millie Houldsworth, 10, a keen reader from Cheadle Hulme, was amongst the youngsters thrilled and inspired to meet Cressida and couldn’t believe her luck when she signed her copy of her latest bestseller, the fantasy adventure How to Betray a Dragon’s Hero, the penultimate book in the Hiccup series.

An inspired Millie commented afterwards:  “How to Train Your Dragon is one of my favourites because it’s really exciting and the characters are fascinating.”


Hulme Hall Grammar School Head Teacher Rachael Allen said: “Inspiring children to enjoy reading and to have a love of writing is so much easier when the stories are as captivating as Cressida’s.

“Throughout the year, we hold a whole host of events designed to inspire our students of all ages, and this is a perfect example.”