The name’s Higson, Charlie Higson. . .

Charlie Higson, Author and Comedian, pictured with Phoebe Langan, 12, of Don Valley school. Picture: Marie Caley D3566MC
Charlie Higson, Author and Comedian, pictured with Phoebe Langan, 12, of Don Valley school. Picture: Marie Caley D3566MC

HE rose to fame playing a sleazy car salesman but schoolchildren were not left short changed as they received tips from a writing great.

For comedian Charlie Higson dropped in on 300 youngsters at Doncaster Racecourse to pass on his expertise as an author of teen horror and the Young James Bond series of books.

Don Valley pupils Lottie Wykes, 13 and Molly Shaw, 12. Picture: Marie Caley D3570MC

Don Valley pupils Lottie Wykes, 13 and Molly Shaw, 12. Picture: Marie Caley D3570MC

The visit was part of the Doncaster Book Awards and was the culmination of five years of hard work for the organisers.

Charlie, who shot to fame as bouffant haired motor trader Swiss Toni in cult comedy The Fast Show, broke off from his national stand up tour, to speak about his popular series of books, which feature zombies and spies.

Lesley Hurworth, chair of the Doncaster Book Awards and librarian at Armthorpe School spent five years trying to get Charlie to visit. She said: “The kids are buzzing - some are saying he is the best author they have ever seen. And there are none of his books left in the library.

“During his talk he made everyone laugh so much, as you would expect because he is a comedian.”

It is hoped Mr Higson will return to the book awards next year after his success with the crowd.

The winner of this year’s Doncaster Book Awards will be announced on May 25 at an Olympic themed celebration at the Keepmoat Stadium.

As part of the day more than 400 children will attempt to break a world record for continuous reading and there will be sport themed reading activities entitled Lits a Knockout.