Manor Academy

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Alumni Speaks

Niel Bushnell

Manor Community Academy 'Alumni speaks' interview with Niel Bushnell.

1. What year did you leave Manor?

1986

2. Favourite teacher and why?

My two favourite subjects were Art and English. My Art teacher, Mr Dormand, and my English teacher, Mr Ash, both knew how to challenge and encourage their pupils to succeed.

3. Best memory from your time at Manor?

The school plays. I was involved with at least three of them and they were all great fun.

4. Where, and what did you study after leaving Manor?

I went to Brinkburn Sixth Form College to study art, then I tried to find a job.

5. What was your first job?

At school I had a paper round and helped out on a milk round. My first proper job was working in WH Smiths as a retail assistant.

6. Tell us about your current role?

I'm a writer and artist, and i do lots of work with companies and universities relating to the creative sector. I've two children's book published and I'm working on a third.

7. How did your time at Manor shape the person you are today?

I think it helped to open me up to new ways of thinking, and gave me the space (and confidence) to be creative.

8. What are your thoughts on the new Manor building opening in April 2016?

Even though the old building is no longer fit for purpose I'll be sad to see it go, there's a lot of history in that place. Having said that I'm looking forward to seeing the new facilities when they open.

9. If you could offer one piece of advice to current Manor students what would it be?

When I was at school I wanted to be a comic artist, so I spent most of my spare time drawing. Not long after school I published my own comic. It was very rough but i learned loads from doing it. You don't have to wait to start your career! Start it now. Find the thing you enjoy doing and start doing it now.

10. If you could swap places with anyone, for just a day, who would you choose and why?

I'd pick one of the astronauts on the International Space Station. A day of floating around above the earth would be amazing!