BLUE PETER STAR LAUNCHES FESTIVAL OF WORDS SCHOOLS PROGRAMME
Writer and television presenter Konnie Huq will be appearing at the Opera House at this year’s Jersey Festival of Words as part of the third Santander International Schools Programme.
Best known for being the longest-serving female member of the Blue Peter team, Huq will be presenting an event on her new children’s book Cookie that will feature live draw-alongs, brain-busting quizzes and games galore.
Also appearing is Christopher Lloyd, whose event Absolutely Everything – A History of Earth, Dinosaurs, Rulers, Robots and Other Things Too Numerous to Mention! promises an entertaining journey across Millenia and continents and will feature a twenty-five foot timeline.
Winner of the prestigious Queen of Teen award and one of the UK’s top selling children’s authors Cathy Cassidy will be discussing her new book Sami’s Silver Linings, while poet A.F. Harrold returns to the festival after a barnstorming performance in 2017.
Key Stage Five students will attend a talk at Highlands College by author Yasmin Rahman, whose new novel All the Things We Never Said explores the themes of anxiety and depression and features three female protagonists who enter into a suicide pact.
Completing the line-up will be Laura Coryton, leader of the international campaign against tampon tax, whose book Speak Up! explores what it means to stand up for what you believe in on both a public and personal level.
“We are thrilled to once again be sponsors of the Jersey Festival of Words Schools Programme,’ said James Pountney, Managing Director of Santander International. ‘It is such a fantastic event to be involved in as reading is such an important skill for children to develop and it provides endless hours of fun and entertainment.”
Tickets to each event are free, and teachers wishing to book seats for their classes on either September 26th or 27th are asked to do so by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘As with previous years, children will have the chance to meet the author and have their books signed after each show,’ said festival vice-chair Paul Bisson. ‘We’re delighted with this year’s schools programme and look forward to welcoming thousands of happy young readers to the festival.’
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