Schools’ Days 2022: Save the Date!
STROUD BOOK FESTIVAL
SCHOOLS’ DAYS 2022
Thursday 3rd November &
Friday 4th November
Join us on a thrilling, time-travelling adventure…
Journey with us to a mysterious island…
Discover the power of poetry with a legendary poet…
Eat a caterpillar cake & join a rocket race into space…
Meet a tree called Adouette and hear her tales of 100 years on earth…
You can do all this when you join us for Stroud Book Festival’s Schools’ Days 2022!
Due to teacher demand we are staging two Schools’ Days for a wider age-range this year:
Thursday 3rd November: 3 events for Years 4–6
Friday 4th November: 2 events for Years 1–3
We are delighted to welcome students to live events in The Sub Rooms again. We also understand that many schools are not able to join us in person, so we are once again pleased to offer you the opportunity to join us virtually for our live stream instead.
In-person tickets: £4 per child per event
Digital only pass: £30 per class per event
We would love to see you and your students at our Schools’ Days, either
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our plans to broadcast the events live, please get in touch via email@example.com.
NB You can book secure in the knowledge that if you need to cancel live tickets for any reason, we will offer a full refund or transfer your tickets to digital access.
THURSDAY 3rd NOVEMBER
9.30 – 10.30am
THE TALE OF TRUTHWATER LAKE
With EMMA CARROLL
Years: 4 – 6
Join multi-award-winning author Emma Carroll for a thrilling time-travelling adventure that explores the before and after of global warming.
Find out about the Week at World’s End and Emma’s other amazing historical adventures too, and pick up some brilliant writing tips along the way.
11.30am – 12.30pm
AARTI & THE BLUE GODS
With JASBINDER BILAN
Years: 4 –6
Meet Costa Award-winning writer Jasbinder Bilan, author of three brilliant novels, the first of which – “Asha and the Spirit Bird” – won the 2017 Times/Chicken House competition and the Costa Children’s Book Award.
Taking in themes of identity, faith and belonging, Jasbinder will tell us how the Indian myths and legends she grew up with as a child have inspired all her novels.
1.30 – 2.30pm
POETRY HAS POWER
With JOHN AGARD
Years: 3 – 6
Try it people, and you’ll soon see,
This is a dance that can set you free
It’s called the dance of diversity
Legendary performance poet, John Agard was born in Guyana and came to Britain in 1977. He has won many awards, including the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry and the Eleanor Farjeon Award. Last year, he was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by BookTrust.
We are truly honoured to welcome John to Stroud Book Festival for this unmissable event in which he will be talking about and reading from not one, but three new books!
“When Creature Met Creature”, created with illustrator Satoshi Kitamura, is his powerful new picture book about communication and friendship.
“Follow that Word” is a collection of riotously funny poems, celebrating the imagination and the diversity of language.
“John Agard’s Windrush Child”, created with illustrator Sophie Bass, tells the evocative story of a child’s journey to England on board the Empire Windrush.
FRIDAY 4th NOVEMBER
11.00am – 12.00pm
Poetry with MATT GOODFELLOW
Years: 1 – 3
It’s the only thing that my mum can make
Would you like to eat a caterpillar cake? Join a rocket race into space? See crazy crocodiles at the zany zoo or play with a furry, purry cat?
You can imagine all these things and more with performance poet and former primary school teacher, Matt Goodfellow.
Matt will be sharing some of the poems in his new collection, “Caterpillar Cake”, in a performance that cannot fail to brighten your day.
1.30 – 2.30pm
LADYBIRDS AND SAVING TREES
With LYDIA MONKS
Years: 1 – 3
Lydia Monks is the brilliant author and illustrator of many fantastic children’s books, including her collaborations with the one and only Julia Donaldson.
As well as her new book with Julia, “What the Ladybird Heard at Christmas”, Lydia will be telling us all about her own new book, “Adouette”. It’s an inspiring tale of conservation told through the life of a tree called Adouette and all the things she saw in her 100 years on earth.
There will be plenty of drawing and audience participation too.
Schools’ Days will once again be sponsored by ALCS.