The Bath Children’s Literature Festival is back and we are proud to be continuing our relationship with them as a long-term sponsor.
Set up by Bath-based children’s publishing professionals Gill and John McLay, it is the largest dedicated children’s book festival in Europe, and with our support, presents over 80 public, ticketed events and an extensive programme of events in schools. The event takes over the city for ten days and we are very lucky to have this right on our doorstep.
On Friday 29 September, we were thrilled to host the first event of the Festival, with multi-million bestselling author-illustrator of How to Train Your Dragon books, Cressida Cowell, at a multi-schools event held up at our senior school. Over 350 children, including our Year 4, 5 and the College’s Year 7 Baines pupils listened to Cressida speak about her new series The Wizards of Once. It is her first new series in 15 years and is an exciting, high-adventure story, set in an ancient, magical time, full of wizards, warriors, giants and sprites.
Also on Friday, we were delighted to have local author Julia Green in who gave a wonderful assembly to the whole school on story writing and how Julia had become an author. Then she provided a fun-filled creative writing workshop for Year 3, where the children crafted their own wonderful stories!
And if that wasn’t quite enough for the first day of the Festival, our Pre-Prep children had a day of Mr Men and Little Miss related activities!
Over the weekend, we sponsored more events including another Cressida Cowell event open to the general public; Julia Donaldson, renowned author of The Gruffalo, Zog and Superworm and a great Mr Men Storytime! event with Liz Fost.
On hand to represent the schools at each event, we had young ambassadors from The Paragon and Prior. Some had the opportunity to meet the authors and introduce them on stage. Meanwhile other pupils helped to hand out bookmarks, balloons and stickers to younger members of the audience. We were very proud of the way they conducted themselves.
These are just some of the events of the Bath Children's Literature Festival that our pupils were able to enjoy. Each year, we ensure our pupils have the opportunity to meet an author, an illustrator or a book character. It's a wonderful opportunity to capture the children's interest in storytelling and create excitement around reading and writing. We see the positive impact in the classroom every time.