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Class 3 and 4 Bookworms Visit the Hay Festival!

Class 3 and 4 had a real literary treat on Thursday, getting the chance to visit the Hay Festival just over the Welsh border to listen to a variety of famous authors talk about their life experiences and the books they have written.

 

    

  

  

 

Taking their seats in some very fancy marquees with starlit ceilings as the talks were also being broadcast to thousands of other children in classrooms across the country (Bosbury pupils were very excited to see themselves on the screens in the auditoriums, of course giving some cheeky waves!), our young festival goers first listened to the very charismatic Iszi Lawrence, who, as well as being an author, is also a comedian, podcaster and history presenter, co-hosting the BBC Radio 4 show Making History.

 

  

 

With a particular interest in World War II aircraft, Iszi talked to the children about her latest book, Billie Swift Takes Flight, which tells the story of the women of the Air Transport Auxiliary who operated in Britain to fight the German Luftwaffe during the war. Flying aircraft such as the famous Spitfire, Iszi explained that the war was a real turning point for women as they were now taking up roles which had traditionally been carried out only by men, with some of the real-life stories of these brave ladies being truly extraordinary! 

 

  

  

 

After a spot of lunch on the festival grounds, Class 3 and 4 then split into four groups, with two groups having an afternoon talk from Piers Torday, famous for his stories about what the world would be like if humanity had not looked after the planet and caused almost all species of animals to become extinct - a very powerful environmental message - while the second group got to see Nadia Shireen as she talked all about her colourful books for younger children.

 

  

  

 

A BIG thank you to Mrs. Dark for organizing such an interesting visit as we enjoyed returning to the festival for the first time in three years owing to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, and also to Miss Cooke, Mr. Ponter, Mrs. Bolton, Mr. Smith, Mr. Handy and our student teachers Miss Hawkins and Miss Tweedale for accompanying the pupils on the trip. 

Well done also of course to the children themselves for once again displaying the usual exemplary standards of brilliant Bosbury behaviour on the trip, and for listening to the three authors with such interest, attentiveness and enthusiasm.

 

    

 

A full gallery of photos from the day can be found below!

 

Class 3 and 4 Trip to Hay-on-Wye Literary Festival