King Edward's School BATH


20/06/2019 18:00 - 20/06/2019 20:00
King Edward’s School teacher Catherine Bruton supports local charity Bath Welcomes Refugees with her book launch

Thursday 20th June
Porter Library (Wessex Building)

This event is open to all and no ticket is required; however, to give an idea of numbers it would be helpful if you could indicate via the link if you would like to attend. 

The KES community is invited to a special fundraising event/book launch to celebrate the publication of Mrs Bruton’s brand new novel ‘No Ballet Shoes in Syria’ and to raise money for local charity Bath Welcomes Refugees.  Taking place on World Refugee Day (Thursday 20th June) from 6 – 8pm in the Porter Library and generously supported by Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights, Nosy Crow publishers and King Edward’s School,  the evening will include readings, delicious Syrian food, stalls,  and music specially written for the event by KES resident composer Mark Boden, to be performed by young KES singers and dancers. 

The launch will take place during Refugee Week, which is the UK’s largest festival promoting understanding of refugees. Catherine worked closely with the charity Bath Welcomes Refugees when researching Aya’s story and is delighted to have this opportunity to raise awareness of their work. 

‘The work of Bath Welcomes Refugees, like so many other amazing volunteer organisations across the country, is a testament to the goodwill that exists in Bath and beyond,’ says Mrs Bruton.

Pupils, also eager to support the local charity’s work are helping with the event – which is open to all – by performing, cake-baking, ushering, manning stalls and more.

‘Our pupils are amazing at getting involved in fundraising efforts – individually and collectively - and I feel immensely proud to be part of a school community that does so much to help local and national charities.’

The evening promises to provide much food for thought, with speakers from Bath Welcomes Refugees, readings from the book as well as music and dance performed by KES students. 

"We are delighted to be hosting the launch of Catherine's latest novel, "No Ballet Shoes in Syria", which has already deservedly received widespread critical acclaim,’ says Headmaster Martin Boden. ‘We are also very pleased to be working closely with Mr B's Emporium to highlight the important work of their Charity of the Year for 2019, Bath Welcomes Refugees. It is particularly appropriate to reflect on the ideas and themes in Catherine's novel during Refugee Week, and the evening promises to provide much food for thought, as well as a great programme of literary, musical and culinary delights. I am really looking forward to it!"

More about the book – 
No Ballet Shoes in Syria is a captivating, beautifully written story, with echoes of Eva Ibbotson and Noel Streatfeild about dance and the struggles of a young refugee. The book has already been shortlisted for the Independent Book Week Book Award and picked as The Times’ Children’s Book of the Week and given a 5-star review by The Sun.

It tells the story of 11-year-old Aya who has come to Britain after fleeing the war in Syria. When she stumbles across a local ballet class, the formidable dance teacher, spots Aya’s remarkable natural talent and believes she has the potential to win a scholarship to a prestigious ballet school. But at the same time Aya and her family must fight to remain in the UK, to make new home for themselves and to find Aya’s father – separated from the family during the perilous journey from Syria.  The Times described it as, ‘Ballet Shoes for the twenty-first century’ whilst Costa Prize Winner Hilary McKay said it was, ‘Wise, kind and unputdownable – When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit for a new generation’.