Sharing Stories @ Eden

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We had a great time sharing stories at the Eden Project last week. It was a real pleasure to be part of such a lovely literary even; championing creativity and inspiring young minds. Craig even got the chance to showcase his new dance – the Picky Chicken! A huge thank you to everyone who came. Be sure to stay in the loop for future events, by liking our facebook page and following us on twitter.

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The Art of Stories Festival @ Eden

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This half term (Saturday 24th May – Sunday 1st June) the Eden Project, already an arena of inspiration, will be opening its gates to a cohort of accomplished creative minds who have helped give us modern day classics such as The Beano, Horrible Histories, The Gruffalo and... You guessed it, Clickety Books!

Despite the star studded line up for the week – including Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler and Beano comic artists Nick Brennan and Gary Northfield – the beauty of this event is that the focus remains very much in the hands, and minds, of the kids. Visitors will be invited to collaborate with one of the UK's best animators to create a giant, crowdsourced animated story. You can watch the finished project on the Eden Project's YouTube channel after 1st June. 

You will also be able to catch Clickety Books in the Citrus Grove: 

  • Monday 26 May: Craig Green will be reading marvellous stories from his own award-winning Clickety Books series (at 1pm, 3pm and 4pm). There will be plenty of fun and games too. The stories are chock-full of sound play, rhythm and repetition which are all very important for spoken language development. They also provide the foundation for the development of early literacy skills, for learning to read and spell. Warning: this session might get very silly indeed!
  • Sunday 1 June: More story telling from the fantastic folks at Clickety Books (1pm Only).

Join the Facebook event here.

Save 15% off your Eden Project ticket here

Find out more about The Art of Stories Festival and see a full schedule here.

 

Chipping Norton Literary Festival

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I was lucky enough to be invited to the Chipping Norton Literary Festival (for the second successive year) to read to children. It ran from the 24th to the 27th of April and it was an absolute blast.

The festival is a belter. It is built with so much love and care. The atmosphere is terrific and the whole community is utterly engaged. Led by the indefatigable and always-inspiring Clare Mackintosh, the festival hosts a brilliant range of writers for a diverse audience. It was humbling to be on the same bill as Kate Adie, Lauren Child, Korky Paul, Laura Bates and Kate Mosse.

Clickety Books formed part of the Schools Programme that kicks off the festival. I was kindly invited to play, I mean *tell stories* at the ACE centre. It was a joy to prance about and effectively show off in front of a room of adorable under fives. I also chatted to parents, cooed at babies and wolfed down a communal (and very tasty) credit crunch lunch at the local football club community room. It was brilliant.

It warmed me to see so many children included in the festival. Books need readers and readers need books. Reading stories to giggling toddlers is the perfect and very apt way to begin a festival.

Clare Mackintosh said, 'This year's ChipLitFest had a strong focus on children's literacy. Bringing children into contact with authors has a dramatic effect on their approach to reading, which is why our schools programme is so important to us. We were delighted with the response from the thirteen schools involved in the programme this year and have already started planning for next year.'

I would like to say thank you to everyone who helped me at the festival. There were A LOT of laughs. Special thanks to Caroline Watson, Merilyn Davies, Emma Walker, Helen Ruff and Emily Barr for making it all run so smoothly.

I sincerely hope that Clickety Books are involved again next hear. Hint hint. And look out for Clare Mackintosh's debut novel (for grown ups) in October 2014.

 

World Book Day

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Books have the capacity to inspire and educate; they are vessels to far corners of the imagination. Whether you favour fact over fiction, humour over horror or the distinctive smell of an old book over the instant ease of an e-book, I’m sure you’ll agree that everyone has the right to enjoy the possibilities between the pages of a book.

Tomorrow (March 6th) is the 17th annual World Book Day: An opportunity to gather in appreciation of all things published! World book day is a chance to share the joy between the sentences of the wordsmith, and their illustrated counterparts. Above all, tomorrow marks a celebration of reading, and the availability of books to everybody.

To celebrate, National Books Tokens will be sent to schools to help bolster the opportunity to read; you can find out more here. Here at Clickety Books, we’ll be hitting the road, to an Exeter Primary School, where author Craig Green and Illustrator Sarah Leigh-Wills will be helping students create their very own books!

Whatever you are doing to celebrate, take a moment to share a story or champion your favourite book.

 

Story-telling at Waterstones

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A massive thank you to Waterstones Truro, who were kind enough to welcome the Clickety gang into their Truro shop on a rainy half term Wednesday.

It is safe to say that, even with the Lego Movie to compete with, the eager audience paid sentiment to the importance of oral storytelling; who would have even thought fundamental speech development was also at play underneath these fantastic tales? Clickety Books creator and author Craig Green was joined by Sally Bates, author of our new Early Soundplay Series, in two story telling sessions throughout the day. The crowd remained enthralled throughout, between outbreaks of chanting Clickety choruses - "Sparky Shark, Sparky Shark - ARK ARK ARK!". Clickety Books illustrator Sarah-Leigh Wills was on hand to help create some fantastic Clickety Books masks.

Thank you to everybody who came along and made the event such a success. You can see some photos on our Facebook page by clicking below. Keep your eyes peeled for our next storytelling event.

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