Guest Post: Perrott Hill Children’s Literary Festival 2018

As I was at Hay all over the half term week, I was really disappointed to miss this wonderful local festival- again! It's going in the diary as a definite next year! Fortunately, we are able to share this lovely write up with everyone. 

 Storyteller Martin Maudsley in the woods

Storyteller Martin Maudsley in the woods

Two days, nearly 200 children – and a conga led by a storyteller with a ukulele… It can only be the return of the Perrott Hill Children’s Literary Festival at Perrott Hill Prep School near Crewkerne. The event, which took place during half term and was sponsored this year by Old Mill Accountants and Financial Planners, saw children attending from schools all over the South West, including Hinton St George, Merriott, Broadwindsor, Manor Park, Chilthorne Domer, Maiden Beech, Taunton School and Colyton Grammar School, to name a few. The children, ranging from Year 1 up to Year 8, enjoyed a range of inspirational workshops and masterclasses with award-winning authors, poets and storytellers including Ali Sparkes, Cliff McNish, Tamsin Cooke, Martin Maudsley, The Somerset Youth Theatre, The Poetry Slam, our Head of Art, Tabatha Palmer, and Little Toller Books.

 Cliff McNish on crafting the perfect story

Cliff McNish on crafting the perfect story

“I loved the stories and music in the woods, which was really exciting,” said Jessica, who is in Year 1 at Broadwindsor Primary School, while her sister Rosie, in Year 4, added: “I loved every minute, especially making new friends.”

 Ali Sparkes in the library

Ali Sparkes in the library

“My favourite part was art with Mrs Palmer and meeting Cliff McNish,” said Perrott Hill pupil Harry, who is in Year 5. “I bought all his books afterwards and I’m hoping to get through the whole Doomspell trilogy by the summer so I can write a review.”

 A conga around the Front Terrace

A conga around the Front Terrace

“Once again, it was a pleasure to see so many happy and inspired children from a wide range of local schools, all coming together for this celebratory and fun festival,” says Lizzi Gardner, Director of Marketing at Perrott Hill. “One of the highlights for me was the impromptu conga around the Front Terrace during lunch, led by storyteller Martin Maudsley on his ukulele. That’s going to be hard to beat next year – the challenge is on!”