Schools Day

After the success of the last two years’ events, the festival is once again running a Schools Day for local primary children on Friday 26th May (10.15am to 2pm). The free day of activities (booking essential) is designed to provide pupils with fun opportunities to explore learning through books, including:

  • Talks and workshops with well-known authors
  • Storytelling and creative activities
  • Workshops exploring the creative writing process
  • Meeting authors and book signings

At this year’s Schools Day we are looking forward to welcoming bestselling children’s authors Maz Evans (Who Let the Gods Out?) and Laura James (Captain Pug), professional storyteller Wendy Shearer (, and award-winning performance poet Joshua Seigal (I Don’t Like Poetry).

Please see the GBF Information for Schools for details of the timetable for each year group.

Booking has now closed for the GBF Schools Day 2017. If you weren’t able to attend this year then make sure you register your interest for next year at We are looking forward to welcoming the attending school groups on Friday 26th.

Participating schools can download the GBF Schools Day Info Pack for Schools 2017 and the Risk assessment form – Educational Trips and the group timetables below:

GROUP A (Yr3&4) GBF Schools Day Schedule  (yrs 3/4 Invicta Primary only)

GROUP B (Yr3&4) GBF Schools Day Schedule (yrs 3/4)

GROUP C (Yr5&6) GBF Schools Day Schedule (yrs 5/6)

GBF Schools Day attendees will be able to take advantage of our festival booksellers, Waterstones, special offer to buy selected signed books for just £5 for pupils to take home as a memory of the day – and to encourage further reading (further information about this has been sent to attending schools by email).

Maz Evans

Children’s Author


Books: Who Let The Gods Out? (published by Chicken House Books) and Rosie Harker, Nosey Parker (published by Story Stew). Maz Evans’ bestselling debut novel, Who Let The Gods Out?, is a mythological-infused comic adventure, and is currently Waterstones book of the month.

Maz Evans event Details:

Who Let the Gods Out? Workshop (Yrs 3/4 & 5/6)

Inspired by the anarchic world of Who Let the Gods Out?, Maz will help pupils to use classical mythology to write their very own myths. Creating their own Herculean heroes, menacing monsters and glorious gods, the children will use tales of yore – with their own modern twist – to create stories that are the stuff of legend.

Laura James

Children’s Author


Books: Captain Pug and Cowboy Pug (both published by Bloomsbury). Captain Pug: The Dog Who Sailed the Seas, has just been nominated for the Waterstones Children’s Prize 2017 and is really captivating for early readers (Yrs 1-3).


Laura James event details:

Captain Pug Story Writing Workshop (Yr 3 GROUP A only)

Hear Laura talk about what drew her into writing and particularly what inspired her to write Captain Pug. Laura will read a taster of Captain Pug and then pupils will create a simple character and plot so that they can come away with ideas on how to start writing their own stories. The session will end with a quick pug related quiz, a chance to ask questions, and a book signing.

Joshua Seigel

Performance Poet


Books: I Don’t Like Poetry and Little Lemur Laughing (both published by Bloomsbury)

Joshua Seigal event details:

Poetry Workshop (Yrs 3/4 & 5/6)

A fun, educational and interactive performance intended to demonstrate that poetry can be about much more than simply reading and writing: it can also be about listening, watching, participating and enjoying! The workshops are intended to help children of all abilities develop literacy skills (including emotional literacy) and have fun with words in a creative, supportive and non-judgemental atmosphere. Participants will emerge from the workshop with an appreciation for the wonder and power of language, and, depending on age, with their own poems!

Wendy Shearer

Professional Storyteller


Wendy Shearer is a professional storyteller, originally from South East London, who draws on her Afro-Caribbean background and Classical Civilisation degree for her stories.

Wendy Shearer event details:

Anansi Tales Storyboat Workshop (Yrs 3-6)

Children will listen and watch an oral story performed by Wendy, based on the African folktale character Anansi the spider man (considered to be the spirit of all knowledge of stories). Everyone will then participate in story mapping, story making games, illustration and drama as they are guided to retell and adapt their version of the story with Wendy.

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