Jess Butterworth joined Year Six, Remove and Lower Four for an insightful talk on her new book 'Running on the Roof of the World'.
Jess spent her childhood between the UK and India, and grew up hearing stories about the Himalayas from her grandmother. Soon, Jess was clambering over the mountains searching for wildlife and imagining that she was on her own adventures in the wilderness.
Jess has always wanted to be a writer. She holds a BA (Hons) in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University, where she won the Bath Spa Writing for Young People Prize 2011, and an MA in Creative Writing for Young People from there too. Jess began writing 'Running on the Roof of the World' whilst living in the Indian Himalayas in 2013.
As part of her research, she trekked into the mountains in search of yaks, met the Dalai Lama after attending his teachings and went up to an altitude of 18400 feet at the Indo - Tibetan border. At one level ‘Running on the Roof of the World’ is a children’s educational book with insights to Chinese occupation of Tibet, sanctuary of the Dalai Lama in India, Tibetan resistance, self- immolation protests etc., and at another level it is an action-packed adventure story of courage and survival.
It is told in the first person by a young Tibetan girl, Tash whose resistance member parents are seized by the military. Their village is locked-down, but Tash and a school friend, Sam, break the rules to take coded information from Tash’s father to India to give to Tibet supporters, and to plead for help from the Dalai Lama in freeing her parents.