Children Get to Meet Their Favourite Authors Too at Literary Festival

Thousands of children also enjoyed Henley Literary Festival either through the specially organised schools events or the public family events.  School children got the chance to hear from leading authors including Anthony Horowitz, Francesca Simon and Anna James. Over 2,000 tickets were sold for the public events which ranged from storytellings for babies and interactive pre-schooler events to packed houses for iconic children’s authors Michael Morpurgo and Judith Kerr famed for her classic book The Tiger Who Came to Tea.

Other highlights this year included a skype event in the Festival Hub where children from Shiplake Primary School linked up with a school in Kolkata in India to find out about each other’s typical school days, sport they undertake and rivers nearby.  They also asked about what they had for lunch, with one child in India asking what is pizza?  The children from Shiplake were surprised to learn that the Indian children just eat their lunch with their left hand and not a knife and fork.

Tim Grandage from Future Hope the charity who fund the Kolkata school said, “It was brilliant to see children from completely different backgrounds chatting together and enjoying each others company in an event that brought them together from different ends of the world.”

Shiplake Year 4 Teacher Mrs Halstead who had visited the school in Kolkata in December said, “It was very exciting for Year 4 to be part of the live skype with the children at the Future Hope school in Kolkata. I think we all learnt a great deal about our rivers and about our every-day lives. What a wonderful experience to speak to people over 6,000 miles away. Thank you Henley Literary Festival!”

“It was a great experience to be doing something we’ve never done before. I loved talking to the children at Future Hope and hopefully they enjoyed it too.” said Abigail

Tim Grandage from Future Hope the charity who fund the Kolkata school said, “It was brilliant to see children from completely different backgrounds chatting together and enjoying each others company in an event that brought them together from different ends of the world.”

Amber O’Connor (below) from Sacred Heart School has decided to champion her love of hedgehogs and is leading a campaign in school to highlight the plight of hedgehogs. As a result of her hard work she was thrilled to be invited by the Henley Literary Festival to attend the Pam Ayres talk where she was presented with a personally signed copy of her latest book The Last Hedgehog. Year 2 pupils have produced a window display for the Henley library all about hedgehogs.

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