A HOLLYWOOD scriptwriter and author of a new Tarzan novel inspired youngsters at Henry Box School in Witney.

On Tuesday Andy Briggs, who also wrote the series Hero.com and Villain.net, spoke to 350 Year Seven and Eight students about his career.

Mr Briggs, who lives in East Sussex, said: “The kids were really enthusiastic and it went wonderfully.

“The message was: I am a kid from Liverpool who managed to do this and if I can do it you can do it.”

Mr Briggs has written a new darker, contemporary version of the classic Tarzan story, which this year celebrates its 100th anniversary.

Revenue from the book, which has gained the blessing of Tarzan creator Edgar Rice Burroughs’ estate, will help endangered gorillas.

Mr Briggs has also worked on TV movies Dark Relic, Blake: Double Identity and Ghost Town and wrote graphic novels Kong: King of Skull Island and Ritual.

Henry Box student Emma Nichol, 12, of Witney, said: “It was really inspiring. I like writing and reading and I am considering becoming an author when I grow up.”

Librarian Nicola Patrick, who organised the event, said: “We wanted someone different, it was part of our creativity drive.”