King Edward's School BATH

A school-wide celebration of books and creative writing

A school-wide celebration of books and creative writing

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23 February 2018

With typical energy and enthusiasm, the whole of King Edward’s is planning a week-long celebration of literature and creative writing to mark World Book Day on 1st March.

Visiting authors, creative workshops, storytelling sessions, and of course, dressing up on World Book Day itself, will all form part of a series of interactive events taking place across the School from Nursery through to the Senior School.


Dreams and Aspirations at the Pre-Prep and Nursery

Pre-Prep’s theme for this year’s Book Week is ‘Dreams and Aspirations – What I want to be when I grow up.’  Linking in with this theme sees children’s author, Ross Montgomery, visiting the school to share his book, The Building Boy, described by The Bookseller, as ‘Brilliantly inventive… quirky and life-affirming, with a sense of the surreal.” During his visit, Ross will also run a series of workshops for each year group, including a ‘We Are All Writers’ workshop with Year 2.

During the week, Pre-Prep children will also visit Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights in Bath, and take part in a drama-led session with KES librarian, Miss Denton, exploring the world of Mr Benn as they imagine what jobs they might like to do when they are older.  Throughout the week our youngest readers will also take part in a sponsored ‘Readathon’ to help raise money to provide brand new books for children in hospital, and rounding off events, the children will dress up on World Book Day, inspired by their favourite book character, or come dressed as someone they would like to be when they grow up.  A storytelling session with professional storyteller, Martin Maudsley, completes the week.


King Edward’s Junior School BookFest!

World Book Day heralds the arrival of the much-anticipated Junior School BookFest!  An Extreme Reading Challenge is already underway, and photographs are flooding in of our intrepid Junior School children reading books in some very unusual places!  Their photos will be on display during BookFest, and the most extreme reader from each year will win a prize.

A plethora of best-selling children’s authors are visiting the Junior School during the week, and include our very own English teacher, Catherine Bruton, author of POP! and We Can Be Heroes, who will lead a play-script writing session with Year 6.  Talented local author, Anna Wilson, is also popping in to meet Year 3 and 4 and share extracts from her new books, Vlad the World’s Worst Vampire and Paddington 2: The Story of the Movie. Also visiting us are authors, Karen Minto and Stewart Foster, respective authors of The Adventure of Odd the Troll and the award-winning, Bubble Boy. Those with a passion for drawing will enjoy the visit by Author/Illustrator, Mark Robertson, who will be sharing his passion for drawing and storytelling.

Further BookFest activities include a storytelling session, with the Headmaster, Mr Boden, and a talk at school for parents by Nic Bottomley, owner of Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights and Vice President of the Booksellers Association. Nic will be sharing his thoughts on the joys and long-term benefits of reading for children, as well as providing stacks of book recommendations for young readers.


 Words and pictures

Not to be left out, the Senior School has its own theme for Book Week, 'Words and Pictures'.  Kicking off the week is a Signs and Symbols Workshop.  Can you help decode and decipher the locks on a Break Out Box by solving a series of signs and symbols?  Next up a comic book workshop, hosted by Bath-based American Dream Comics, who will be sharing some of their favourite comic books.  Tuesday also sees an Art Club takeover – come along and create your Zine. And if you can’t make that, a further Zine workshop takes place in the Library on Friday.  In keeping with the illustrative theme of the week, illustrator Peter Malone joins us on Wednesday for an interactive lunchtime workshop, whilst Tuesday's assembly focuses on the authors of the future with the launch of our 2018 Short Story Competition AND the awarding of prizes to the winners of this year's Poetry Competition.

To keep up with all the news during the week follow us on twitter via @KESbath @KESBathJunior @KESBathEnglish and @LibraryKES or Instagram kes_bath

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