The Fast Show writer Charlie Higson opens library at Rhyl Primary School in Kentish Town

Writer Charlie Higson with pupils in the new library at Rhyl School. Picture: Nigel Sutton.

Writer Charlie Higson with pupils in the new library at Rhyl School. Picture: Nigel Sutton. - Credit: Nigel Sutton

Celebrity author and comedian Charlie Higson has opened a new library at a Camden primary school.

Mr Higson, known for his Young James Bond books, The Enemy and The Dead, and for writing for The Fast Show, was guest of honour at the launch of Rhyl Primary School’s new library on May 23.

The school, which has the largest number of pupils who receive free school meals in the borough, was transformed into a “library labyrinth” for the opening, which featured story performances and a book sale, courtesy of Owl Bookshop.

Teachers and pupils sported secret agent costumers as part of a fancy dress theme.

Samuel Drake, deputy headteacher and literacy leader at the school in Rhyl Street, Kentish Town, said: “Most of the kids have hardly any books at home, so we have invested in giving them the opportunity to read for pleasure, rather than for tests.”

The school has invested £10,000 in the library with thousands of books, librarians and software so children can search books to borrow from home.