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Ryedale Book Festival is a great success
Second chapter of Ryedale Book Festival pulls in literary fans,attracts readers of all ages and unearths young poetry talent.
MALTON was buzzing at the weekend as visitors to the town soaked up the atmosphere at the second Ryedale Book Festival.
The hub of the festival was in the Milton Rooms where there was an all-day book fair, craft activities and for the first time a Yorkshire writers’ table where local authors promoted and sold their work.
Around the town other venues opened their doors to host events. From the traditional – a chance to decorate character biscuits while listening to the tale of The Three Little Pigs to the technical, as teenagers tweeted a 140-character short story to the world.
Workshops to get the creative juices flowing took place across the town and local authors read from their books, shared their work and their inspiration.
The evening comedy cabaret, a mix of music, comedy and the spoken word, was hosted by Kate Fox and featured musicians and storytellers, Maggie Stratford, Cat Weatherill, David Swann and Ian Douglas.
Children gathered for a workshop in the Friends’ Meeting House and performed the story of The Amazing Jungle Adventure, to an audience. The book was written and illustrated by hundreds of Ryedale schoolchildren as part of the festival’s work with schools.
One of the highlights of the festival was the P Factor, an X Factor style competition where local primary schools performed a poem in front of a panel of judges and what turned out to be a record-breaking audience.
The Milton Room was packed with many people standing to watch as the youngsters pitted their poems against each other. Hosting the event was author Andy Seed who had introduced the competition to the children at their schools. The judging panel comprised stand-up comedian Kate Fox, Rose Drew, of York Open Mic, and cartoonist Mike Barfield.
The winning team came from Norton Community Primary School with a poem called ‘Complaints’ by Allan Ahlberg. Second place was awarded to Langton Primary School and a special commendation was given to Helmsley, Leavening, St Mary’s and St Benedict primary schools for their excellent performances.
Andy Seed said: “The turn out has been fantastic and it was amazing to look out and see the Milton Rooms so full of people. The performances by the children were exceptional. The winning team was the judges’ favourite and it really was a unanimous decision.”
KS2 teacher at Norton Primary School, Sarah Stephenson, said: “The girls worked incredibly hard and came up with all their own ideas with help from our literacy co-ordinator Felicity Allington. We are so proud of them. They practised in front of the teachers who all wore an X Factor judge mask then they chose the group who would go through. They loved performing the poems.”
Festival organiser Sarah Tyson said: “We’ve had amazing feedback today and people have travelled from far and wide to get here. To see the Milton Rooms as standing room only for the P Factor makes all the hard work worthwhile.”
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