Archimede Fusillo, award-winning author, visited Ruyton on Thursday 24 July to speak to students in Year 7 and Year 9 about the creative writing process. Archie’s work draws largely on his experience growing up in Fitzroy in the 1960s and 1970s as the son of Italian immigrants. His books, like his presentation, touch on universal themes concerning the joys and sorrows arising from an individual’s cultural identity and family relationships. He surprised and delighted students with his warmth, honesty and humour. A skilled presenter and educator, Archie had students connecting strongly with his central message; listen carefully, look around you and then write about what you know. This incursion, organised as a shared event between the English Department and the Library, will certainly inject enthusiasm and life into our students’ creative writing.