Today Debbie and I did a story hour at the first St Mary's Book Festival and it was awesome! The children were switched on and really creative. The staff were friendly and very appreciative. We had school dinners which were scrumptious. We met other authors and illustrator which was inspiring. Red Lion Books took care of book sales and we sold out.
To be honest, the best parts of the day were watching the kids laugh when they played the story games. When we did some of the story games there was one or two girls in each session who could barely speak for giggling!
So we sold some books and that is nice but what really floats me and Deb's boats is watching the kids realise that making up stories is easy because that's what they do all the time anyway!
St Mary's is also keen to become involved in the Essex Book Festival so we'll be keeping in touch and hopefully developing a children's writing competition.
Possibly one of our best days ever and brilliantly there are more of these days to come.
My aim in these workshops is to make it easier for children to understand how to write a story. So D J Cattrell is not just about books but about giving kids practical easy structures to understand all aspects of stories and how important they are in life from newspaper articles to Greek Myths around television programmes and over the hill of history. Stories are what we are, how we remember our world and how we make sense of it.
Wednesday 17th August 2016