Countess backs book launch

Gateways book launch Gateways To Harwood fri 25th nov 2011'Patricia Countess of Harewood......correct...... looks at the Gateways book with some of the pupils
Gateways book launch Gateways To Harwood fri 25th nov 2011'Patricia Countess of Harewood......correct...... looks at the Gateways book with some of the pupils

pupils from Gateways marked the publication of their own book this week with a visit from the Countess of Harewood and best-selling author GP Taylor.

During 18 months, youngsters from Nursery through to Sixth Form at the private school compiled a mix of poems, stories, observations, diary entries and facts combined with drawings.

A school spokesman said: “Gateways to Harewood: Tales of a House, a School and a Village, is inspired by the school, its history and its connections with the community of Harewood, including Harewood House, and surrounding areas.

“Many people have contributed to the creation of the book. A memory gathering event was held during which residents of Harewood and former staff and pupils of Gateways shared their memories of the school to inspire the pupils in their own creative writing for the book.

“The late Earl of Harewood visited the school in the summer of 2010 to speak to pupils about the history of Harewood House.”

The book also includes a foreword by Patricia, Countess of Harewood, a specially written ghost story by best-selling author G P Taylor and a village trail culminating at Harewood House.

The publishers, Leeds-based Scratching Shed, have been impressed by the quality of the Gateways pupils’ work in what they have described as ‘a unique project’.