Gloucestershire author's royalties to go to Comic Relief
ROYALTIES from a Gloucestershire author's book inspired by a Hollywood actor's teacher will be given to Comic Relief.
Nikki Owen, who penned The Boy Who Played Guitar, will donate all author royalties from the novel until April 29.
The novel charts the journey of a secondary school as it transforms into an academy through the eyes of a worn out teacher and his quest to set up a school choir to boost the failing grades of his troubled students.
Nikki, from Cam, drew inspiration for The Boy Who Played Guitar from Stuart Langworthy, a business studies teacher for 30 years and former teacher of Hot Fuzz actor Simon Pegg, at Brockworth School, now Millbrook Academy.
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A reading of the book will be held at Brockworth library, on Friday, March 8 between 7pm and 9pm to coincide with World Book Day. Nikki will read from The Boy Who Played Guitar, and from her second novel, a psychological thriller.
"I'm a truly awful Red Nose wearer, so I am definitely doing something funny for money by reading from my book with my red nose on," she said.
"It will all be very nasal. I am also a proud member of Simon Pegg's Twitter Millions team. It is the teacher from Simon's old school which inspired my novel, so it's only right that my royalties go to Comic Relief.
"As authors, if we can donate our royalties to Comic Relief, we'll be raising so much for so many."
The Boy Who Played Guitar is available via Amazon in print and downloadable forms.