Reading Rocks South West

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Today, Bev and I headed to Taunton for Reading Rocks South West. It was a busy day, crammed full of book-ish delights!

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Heather from Reading Rocks started the day by reading ‘Molly’s Moon Mission’, the new treasure from Duncan Beedie, challenging us all to ‘be more moth’ and keep spreading the love of reading!

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We were then treated to the explosion of fun that is Maz Evans! She told us about how she came to be a writer and the writing sessions she runs in schools. With lots of laughs and plenty of writing tips, we all came away far wiser- particularly about the folly of using a story mountain!

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James Clements spoke next about creating lifelong readers and whether it is possible to make someone read for pleasure! He emphasised the importance of using a range of models and approaches to engage children, sharing ideas that he has gathered from his travels around schools.


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Coffee time was accompanied by a range of tasty treats, including lovely biscuits from Bloomsbury! Mt first workshop - about spelling - followed before a lovely lunch!

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Things continued after lunch with Mark McClaughan ‘Igniting Children’s Writing’ before local lady, Emma Carroll spoke to us all. She told us how she had attended school very close to where we were and grew up in Taunton. Having always wanted to be a writer, she shared some of her writing rituals and ideas with us.

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Another break gave us the chance to return to some book browsing - and buying- at the range of bookstalls. We were particularly delighted to see Greet from Book Island with her lovely range of stories. Bloomsbury, Bookwagon and The Roving Bookshop also offered many goodies!

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The day finished with my last workshop- Reading Between the Lines- which focused on using beautiful picture books to inspire and delight!

It was a lovely day, made even more special by meeting up with so many Twitter friends - some for the first time. I was particularly delighted to see Kate Scott - previously shortlisted twice for the North Somerset Teachers’ Book Awards- and catch up with her. Such a lovely lady!

Thanks to all those who arranged the day!