John Barrowman visits Writhlington School to promote Bone Quill
Torchwood favourite and children’s author John Barrowman has a new legion of fans following a visit to students at Writhlington School this week.
The star, best known as Captain Jack Harkness in Torchwood and Dr Who, dropped into the school with his sister, Carole E Barrowman, to talk about their latest writing venture, a sci-fi/fantasy novel Bone Quill.
But while the pair kept students enthralled with their talk about the book and an insight into their writing, they admitted being disappointed at missing the school’s own star, Maisie Williams who was away filming.
Carole is a big fan of the Game of Thrones TV series in which the talented youngster, who is also a student with Bath Dance College, stars.
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Both the Barrowmans say that she is firmly on their list of suggested actresses should the novels ever be filmed.
John and Carole spent the morning at the school promoting Bone Quill which is a follow-up up to Hollow Earth.
The children’s books come from what John says was a “whim borne out of a sugar high on the M4 between London and Cardiff.
He said: “It began as a process because of that sugar high. We started talking about super powers and what we would do if we had them. We decided that we would like to go back to being children and by the end of that first car journey we had the plot for the first three books.”
John does not take credit for the writing which he says is down to his sister, a journalist and professor of English in Wisconsin.
The pair spend time together at John’s home where they thrash out the outline, ideas and story and then Carole takes it away and does the writing.
Carole said: “We know each and trust each other.”
John said he did not enjoy his early school years, and said: “It’s important to get a good education but academia is not for everyone. I would have loved a school like this because there is so much going on.”
The star remained tight lipped about reprising his Captain Jack role.
He said: “I would love to go back but I do not know if that is going to happen. It’s not up to me.”