As part of its commitment to nurturing a love of the written word, the organisers of Crawley’s annual literary festival visited 600 children at Maidenbower Junior School on Friday 27 March.
Simon Edwards, Wordfest photographer and videographer, and Marianne Lindfield, WORDfest creative director, were joined on Friday 27 March by three local children’s authors – Eve Ainsworth, Jo Simmons and Siobhan Rowden – who invited pupils to enjoy the festival fun, which includes author talks, creative workshops, performances and recitals – mostly for free.
As part of the festival, the authors will be running creative workshops for the students onboard the Do Stuff Bus – a regular fixture at the festival. Sam Murray, WORDfest committee member and creative director of the Do Stuff Bus, said:
“We have worked with Maidenbower Junior School in the past and they are terrific at supporting our efforts to get children talking about the festival, writing and books. The Do Stuff Bus provides a unique environment for them to explore some of the themes raised in the authors’ books as well as their own creativity. It’s a great way to get kids’ imaginations fired up.”
Elaine Jenkins, deputy head of Maidenbower Junior School said:
“The Do Stuff Bus came into our playground as part of WORDfest two years ago and it was such a huge success that we decided to do it again. The children got such a lot from it. Reading for pleasure is vital and so is getting children wanting to talk about books and write their own ideas. We really want to promote that. Sam Murray has been working alongside us to get these three authors in and they will have a fantastic time.”
This year, WORDfest will be running a new fun-packed, family-friendly day on Saturday 25 April. The Get Stuck In Day will offer art activities, children’s authors, spoken word workshops, Minecraft, the Do Stuff Bus, paper crafts, theatre performance and a games writing workshop.
WORDfest is a voluntary festival organisation that aims to build closer community links among Crawley residents who share a love of reading, writing, music and art. It aims to offer events to inspire adults and children alike with the power and beauty of language, regardless of their usual reading habits.
The organisers would be delighted to hear from any other local schools who would like to get involved in WORDfest – Crawley Festival of Words.