Hundreds of local children enjoy first ever Literature Festival

Hundreds of local children have been taking part in St George’s Junior School's inaugural Literature Festival, which was held over two days on Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 March.

Children from St George's Junior School were joined by 540 pupils from local schools: Cardinal Newman; Cleves; Ongar Place; St Anne’s; St James’; St Charles Borromeo; and St Paul’s to take part in a wide selection of literary events.

St George’s Junior School was delighted to welcome authors, illustrators, story tellers and a roaming poet to the two day event. Marcus Alexander, Nicholas Allen, Lauren Child, Joe Craig, Paul Geraghty, Julia Jarman, A.F.Harrold, Ollie Heath, Gill Lewis, Steve Weatherill and Holly Webb all captured the children’s imaginations with talks and workshops on aspects of writing and illustrating books, whilst providing the children with fascinating insights into the life of an author.

In addition to the author visits, pupils found the school transformed into a literary wonderland with visits from Horrid Henry, Mog the Cat, the Gruffalo, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Winnie the Pooh, the Jolly Postman, a stormtrooper, daleks and a full size Tardis.

Workshops were held for pupils on board a Storybus, taking the children into the wonderful worlds of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Gruffalo, Commotion in the Ocean and Room on the Broom.

Prior to the festival taking place, St George's Junior School held a competition for its pupils to design the Literature Festival logo. You can see the winning entry and the pupil who designed it below.

With the theme, ‘The more you read, the more you grow’, every pupil left the event inspired to develop their love of reading and writing. 

28 March 2017

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