Kristina Stephenson at Lady Margaret Hall, July 2019
Bookfeast rounded off the school year with a fabulously sunny finale day at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, for Kristina Stephenson’s new show based on her new book with Hachette, Why are there so many books about bears? Author/illustrator Kristina entertained children from Witney Community Primary, John Blandy School, St Barnabas’ Primary and St John Fisher Catholic Primary over two sessions in the Simpkins Lee Theatre. The show included songs, costumes, puppets, live music and story-telling providing a dazzlingly entertaining fifty minutes, with some great opportunities for audience participation. Books were on sale courtesy of Blackwell’s Westgate. Schools also picnicked on the lawns and took part in a tour of the college gardens, guided by college alumnus and Bookfeast Chair of Trustees, Mari Prichard.
Thanks to Kristina, her family and the band for such an unforgettable event, and to Lady Margaret Hall for allowing and 250 Year 1 and 2 children (plus teddies) to visit the wonderful theatre and college grounds.
“Our KS1 pupils, and staff, really enjoyed the visit to listen to Kristina – in their words it was: fabulous, awesome, fantastic, great and amazing.” Principal, St John Fisher
In autumn 2016 Bookfeast ran three events in schools with two fabulous authors: Katherine Rundell spoke to around 200 children from three neighbouring schools hosted by St Barnabas Primary School, and Jo Cotterill visited Pegasus and Harwell Primary Schools, again meeting audiences of 150-200 children.
In March 2017 top author M.G. Leonard visited Oxford for a schools’ event hosted by D’Overbroeck’s College in conjunction with Bookfeast. Children from D’Overbroeck’s and three Oxford primary schools enjoyed an entertaining and informative talk about the fantastic Beetle Boy and Beetle Queen books.