Booking in for fun

Waterlees Words Festival at Orchards Primary School'left to right Drew Kinayle, Gary MacRae and Wisbech Mayor Viv MacRae
Waterlees Words Festival at Orchards Primary School'left to right Drew Kinayle, Gary MacRae and Wisbech Mayor Viv MacRae
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The written word was celebrated at Orchards Primary School, Wisbech on Saturday as hundreds of people turned out to the Waterlees Words Festival.

The school played host to a variety of authors, individuals and groups, all with the aim of promoting literacy to the children and parents who attended.

Orchards headteacher Nicola Parker said: “What an amazing day for the community. We couldn’t have asked for a better atmosphere, so though the weather wasn’t on our side, we all had a great day. My daughter joined in the fun for the day and loved every minute of it!

“The day was such a success I am already working with the team that made this event possible to find funding to run the festival again next year.

“I have to say a huge thanks to everyone who helped plan the day and helped during the festival, especially the team from Cambridgeshire Libraries and CP Learning Trust.”

There were plenty of activities, from creating leather books to making a Hungry Caterpillar picture. It was also a chance to meet those people who have made books their life’s work, from writing them to crafting the illustrations.

Illustrator Marion Lindsay said: “The one day festival was a great success and a very fun day out. It was wonderful for me to meet pop-up artist Robert Crowther and to see storyteller Andy Hawkins and children’s book illustrator Steve Smallman.”

And there was an added bonus for the children who attended – if they completed six of the activities on offer at the festival, they got a free book. The books were all new and donated specifically for the festival. They included classic children’s stories such as ‘The Borrowers’ and ‘The BFG’.