09 Oct Beeline Storytelling Festival
Our day started at Worcester Hive, the new library which is situated on the University’s City campus near the race course. Just like any other library in Worcestershire, you can use it and take books out if you have a Redditch library card. We did a speed dating activity with books: we were each given a sheet with a list of books on it, then shown into a room where lots of tables were laid out with piles of books. We had to sit in a group at a table, grab one of the books from the pile and read the blurb and first few pages in 5 minutes. At the end of 5 minutes, we had to rate the book and move on to another table. We quickly realised that the books were grouped by genre, so by the time we had repeated the activity at each table, we had all rated at least one book from each genre. If we liked a particular book, chances were that we would like a similar book from the same genre and we could use our list to find them in our school library. Equally, we might have tried a type of book that we had never tried before and discovered that we liked it, which would broaden our range of reading.
Next, we explored the Infirmary Museum, which tells the story of the old Worcester Royal Infirmary. The hospital used to be in this building before the new one was built out of town and the University took the building over. The Infirmary Museum also teaches you a lot about the history of medicine. We thought that this was a great museum, even though it is only small, because it is very interactive and fun for children. We had a quiz to complete in here, which meant that we had to read the information carefully to find out the answers.
After a busy morning, we settled down for lunch and a good read of the books that we had bought ready for the author, David Almond, to sign later.
The most exciting part of the day was after lunch, when we listened to a talk by David Almond. He read us some extracts from his books and talked to us about how he became a writer. He showed us that you don’t have to be a person with an interesting life, with exciting things happening to them in order to have something to write about. He was an ordinary boy growing up in an ordinary town in an ordinary family and nothing interesting ever happened to him, but he used his imagination. He showed us how we all have imagination, and so we could all be writers if we wanted to be.
It was a great day out and we really hope that we can go again next year.
– Mrs Chadwick, Mrs Smith and Year 6