A teaching assistant whose project to produce a book of his pupils' poems was almost scuppered by a violent storm has finally seen the work published.
Over 10 months, David Coad collected 200 poems from pupils, parents and staff at Penair School in Truro, Cornwall, and typed them into his computer. But last summer his PC was destroyed in a storm. He then had to spend two weeks retyping more than 21,000 words into a new machine so it could be sent to the publisher.
The school met the deadline and the #163;4.99 book, illustrated with pupils' artwork, has now been launched in local branches of Waterstone's and WH Smith.
Mr Coad said: "What a wonderful experience it has been to work with so many gifted and creative students. That is in essence what this book is all about: showing what talent there is at Penair School, from both students and teachers." IB.