The Blue Coat School is delighted to be a sponsor of this year’s Bournville Bookfest. Now in its fourth year, the book festival is all about inspiring children with a love of reading and storytelling. During the week-long festival, two exciting weekend events will be held on site in our School Hall and Library. We are thrilled to be welcoming some of the top names attending this year’s Bookfest.

On Saturday 18th March, there will be three sessions with award-winning author and former theatre and TV producer, Piers Torday. Piers will read from his brand-new book There May be a Castle and also from The Last Wild in a session aimed at 8-11 year olds. This will be followed with workshop on writing animal stories.

Also, due to a rapid sell-out of his other two performances, the festival organisers have just added a Big Sing-Along aimed at ages 2 to 6 years, from 10.30am to 11.15am led by Nick Cope. Nick, who used to be in a professional Indie band, was invited to do a concert at a Montessori Nursery in Oxford (where he lives) and has since performed at Edinburgh, Hay, Cheltenham and Stratford literary festivals.

On the following weekend, Saturday 25th March author-illustrator David Litchfield will be leading a highly interactive session based on The Bear & the Piano, David will read the story and there will be piano music, drawing, and various bear-themed activities! David will be on hand to sign books following a session aimed at 3+ years.

Last but no means least and a must for all Harry Potter fans – Jonny Duddle, the illustrator of the children’s version of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books, will be visiting Blue Coat to teach children how to draw like a professional. Aimed at ages 6+ this is sure to be an early sell-out so don’t delay in purchasing your tickets!

I hope that as many Blue Coat families as possible can make the most of such an exciting event on home ground.

Tickets are available to purchase by clicking here.

Further information is available on the Bookfest website