Ipswich Children’s Book Group is celebrating their 40th birthday in 2016 with a host of events, being involved in the first BooksEast Festival (see below) and hosting the Jean Russell Storyteller in November.
Despite the damp, miserable weather on the weekend of the 18th – 19th June, at The Sutton Hoo National Trust Solstice Festival our tree bloomed and flourished as children, adults and even Anglo-Saxon storytellers, added their favourite books and tales to it. Here are pictures of the Anglo-Saxon storyteller, the StoryTree, and some pictures of the stories on it, including the highly popular Tom Gates.
The BooksEast Festival was also a great success. The inaugural BooksEast Festival took place from the 9th-15th May and the Ipswich Town Hall and Corn Exchange were busy with a variety of author events for all ages and interests.
Founded in 1976, Ipswich Children’s Book Group has been spreading the word that books are fun and reading is enjoyable in the local area for the past 40 years. As a member of the Federation of Children’s Book Groups we also help to encourage the availability of books for children of all ages, from first picture books to young adults, working closely with publishers, bookshops, libraries, schools and other national organisations. Our committee members aim to share their passion for books and reading through a variety of activities including author visits, story based events and quizzes, as well as providing information about all aspects of the children’s book world.
After much deliberation the judges chose three winners: a beautifully descriptive poem, a well designed sock puppet and a marvellous painted model of a dragon called Loveheart made by a 4 year old with help from her uncle. There were also three highly commended prizes given.
The prizes were presented during our event held as part of the Solstice Storytelling Festival at Sutton Hoo on Saturday 20th June. Brave souls entering the Dragon’s Lair were able to help complete a dragon by making a scale to add to the outline picture. Our grateful thanks to committee member Hannah Mee for painting this.
We were joined by a trio of dragon slaying Anglo Saxons, from re-enactment group Eadfaelder, who also announced our winners and helped present the prizes.
The dragon remained on display at Sutton Hoo for their Dragon Quest weekend in July, when they held a competition to name it. Our dragon is now called Heatwave.
Ipswich CBG hosted a one-day conference on Non-Fiction in November 2014.
This was an inspiring day celebrating National Non-Fiction November and with the help of some incredible speakers – Clive Gifford, winner of this year’s Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize, Christopher Lloyd from What on Earth publishing, Lucy Letherland, Chris Brown and Sarah Ridley – we were taken on adventures all around the world, out into space and back 4.6 billion years to the beginning of the Earth. Along the way we visited the animal kingdom, the word of science and maths, as well as making a poignant visit to WW1. In our journey we were supported by the Norfolk Children’s Book Centre and the Schools Library Service.
A day that showed just where the wealth of children’s information books can take them.
To read the most recent newsletter (Winter 2014) from Ipswich CBG click here.
H.M. Castor talks about her visit to the book group for the launch of VIII here.
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