A top author shared his passion for literature and encouraged school pupils to try writing for themselves during a visit to Downham Market Library.

Simon Scarrow, who has penned more than a dozen books for children and adults, was invited as part of the library’s World Book Day celebrations.

Children from Downham High School and the Iceni Academy in Methwold attended the event and the former teacher answered pupils’ questions before reading an excerpt from the latest instalment of his Gladiator series for young readers.

The children were also able to buy books and have their copies signed at the event, supported by The Reading Agency charity.

Mr Scarrow, who is based in Norfolk, also told the children to have confidence in their own ideas and to try writing their stories down.

Barry Stone, cabinet member for cultural services at Norfolk County Council, said he was delighted the author was able to share his imagination and passion for books.

Downham library was one of thousands across the UK to mark World Book Day, which aims to encourage children to read and borrow books.