Inspirational Author Meets Cowbridge Pupils

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On Thursday 10th May 2018 our team made a very special visit to Cowbridge Comprehensive School in the Vale of Glamorgan.

We are honoured to have author and New Directions Business Development Officer, Peter Cornelious as part of our team. Peter, alongside colleagues met with a very impressive year 8 group of around 200 pupils to talk about his book – Poppy.

Poppy details the journey of a soldier and his sweetheart as World War 1 impacted British families. Peter took the children back to 2014, describing with detail and passion the very harsh reality of what was set to face young men on the frontline.

Peter discussed the two main protagonists in the book – Molly and Billy and their life before war broke out. Talking about the ‘order’ delivered in 1914 via local and national press that all Territorial Army Reserves should report in or face lamenting in a jail cell, the room was captivated.

Alisha Bird, Business Development Officer for New Directions said ‘the audience appeared captivated by Peter’s passionate and energetic delivery of the 2016 book. The book brings alive very real emotions that the characters within the story would have felt facing a war. Having Peter as part of our team is so rewarding – it’s about reaching out and supporting our community way beyond that of a simple recruitment service’.

New Directions is working to support schools across South Wales with their curriculum delivery, which coincides with the centenary celebrations of the end of World War 1 in November this year.
Howard Burge, National Director for New Directions said of the event ‘our team is working to integrate further within our school and college communities. We have always aimed to enhance and support their objectives, but we want to evolve that. We are excited to soon be announcing some great initiatives for the academic year ahead. Watch this space!’.

Peter is available to deliver assemblies and workshops to schools across South Wales FREE of charge, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge and passion for a subject he loves to bring to life. Call our team on 02920 390 150 or email