YOUNG bookworms at John of Gaunt School were inspired to follow in the footsteps of a famous writer who has written more than 300 published titles.

Stewart Ross spoke to pupils from Year 7 and 8 at the Trowbridge School on Monday about his latest fiction book, The Salvation Project - which is set in a post-apocalyptic world where a mutation in human DNA means nobody lives beyond the age of 19.

The prize-winning author, whose work includes novels, plays, librettos, a musical and other bits in history and sport, also gave tips to aspiring writers.

"It went incredibly well. Stewart is one of Britain's most popular and versatile authors so to have him here at our school is a real honour and a privilege," said learning resources manager Ulrika Bruton.

"These books, from the bestselling Soterion trilogy really grab young readers and that was plain to see as many children bought his books and all the ones in the library are all currently being read.

"He was really hands on with the children, gave great responses to their questions and gave them tips about how to get into this line of work.

"There is a chance he may come back for World Book Day but we will have to see. Some of the other pupils in other year groups were slightly disappointed as they wanted to see him too, he is that popular."