Authors Inspire And Educate Oswestry’s Youth

photo 3On 16th September, around 500 students from The Marches School and surrounding Primaries gathered in the Sports Hall at The Marches for an afternoon of storytelling and presentations by writers of children’s historical fiction including Tony Bradman, Paul Dowswell and Linda Newbery. This formed the end to an exciting day of activities for Year 7 students at The Marches, all focused around World War One.

During the day, students used sources to investigate the experience of an Oswestry veteran, learning about historical fiction and producing their own pieces of creative writing. Some of the pieces produced will be printed onto clay tiles for the school’s WW1 memorial garden (officially unveiled on 11th November) and remaining pieces will be bound in a book which will be kept in the Learning Resource Centre.

Later in the day, the Year 7 students were joined by Year 6 pupils from local primaries including Woodside, The Meadows, Morda and Whittington, to enjoy a presentation by three writers of children’s historical fiction – Tony Bradman, Paul Dowswell & Linda Newbery, with a particular emphasis on their new book Stories from WW1.

Ellie Burnett attended the event and commented, “It was a really good experience to hear the authors talking about their stories and their characters. It was really interesting to learn about what inspired them to create them stories.”

Emily Woodmass added, “I found it really interesting to learn new facts about the war and the people involved. I had no idea that Hitler fought in World War One, and we learnt about all of the people affected by the fighting too.”

The event was kindly supported by Oswestry Lit Fest and the Arts Association.

Posted by marchesadmin on 19th September 2014, under Uncategorized

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