Packwood’s Bookfest Bonanza

Packwood’s Year 5 and Year 6 children had a hugely enjoyable and very successful morning at Shrewsbury’s annual Bookfest event at Theatre Severn on Friday.

Over the course of the spring term and during the last couple of weeks, the children have been reading the six shortlisted books and completing a variety of related tasks and activities in their English lessons.

With more than 1,300 pupils involved, Bookfest has grown into a major literary event for Shropshire’s schoolchildren and almost 700 of them were at the theatre for the finale and award ceremony. Some of the children’s best work inspired by the books was showcased and all six shortlisted authors were present to read extracts from their books.

The authors were clearly impressed as they watched and listened to the wide variety of work done by the children – the Extreme Reading photo shoot, letter writing, art competitions and more. Ton Ton N was one of three Packwood pupils who won prizes – he was runner-up in the letter writing and commented, “I wrote a letter to Marcus, one of the characters in ‘They Didn’t Teach This in Worm School’. I didn’t expect to win anything at all, especially against 1,300 people!”

Equally modest were Charlie W and Rory H who were runners-up in the art competition and were surprised and delighted to be awarded wonderful boxes of art materials as prizes. Both had worked extremely hard on their pictures, which will appear alongside others in an exhibition at the Shrewsbury Museum throughout May.

Other Packwood pupils were thrilled to have their questions posed to the authors in a Q & A session.

The event culminated with ‘The Legend of Podkin One Ear’ by Kieran Larwood being proclaimed the winner. The loud applause from the audience showed just what a popular choice this was.