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Lewisham College celebrated World Book Day and Storytelling week with a creative writing presentation from Electerical Installation learner, Vijay Bissessur. Vijay shared his shared his experience of writing his own book with learners from Lewisham College’s specialist construction campus in Deptford. The presentation was organised to inspire Vijay's fellow learners in construction to develop their love for reading and understand the art of storytelling in the world of work and in their personal life.

During the event, Vijay shared how he got into writing, talking about his interests and hobbies and his experiences in local Lewisham community. He also talked about some of the themes of World Book Day, including how books have collectively shaped the people in the borough. Vijay also gave a glimpse into how his interests and creative thinking has enabled him to write his own book andthe challenges he encountered with his vocabulary and grammar but how he was determined to succeed whilst studying for his qualification.

Vijay Bissessur, who studies Electrical Installation at Lewisham College, said: “It is great to have the opportunity to celebrate World Book Day and to take the time to appreciate the value of reading. Being able to celebrate our favourite authors, books or even get to dress up as your favourite character is a great way to engage with literature and inspire people to be creative themselves.

“Storytelling is important as it encourages people to discover worlds and opportunities. They may not be able to explain something easily in other settings but they can through storytelling. It is a great form of creativity and evokes emotions to bring out a more personal side of them, which can be relevant or more understandable to others.

“I had a great time presenting today and sharing my experiences of writing my own book, The new Era, which was inspired by anime. I would encourage other young people to pick up and read a book as it can encourage you to access parts of your imagination you might not know yet and helps you with your studies.”

Jayne Morgan, Vice-Principal at Lewisham College, said: “Celebrating World Book Day and Storytelling week at Lewisham College has been a great opportunity to encourage reading for learners of all abilities. The events held this week have helped them to develop their literacy and communication skills, which are essential for study, work and everyday life.  

“I was delighted to listen to Vijay today. He presented with confidence, and I am sure he has inspired his fellow learners to pick up a book and explore their own creativity too.” 

The World Book Day celebrations were one of many events and activities organised at the Lewisham College Learning Centre. To find out more about the range of services available at the Centre, please visit lewisham.ac.uk/learner-support.

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