Writers’ visit to celebrate World Book Day

Children’s author Bali Rai and performance poet Adisa the Verbalizer helped pupils learn how to work wonders with words during their World Book Day celebrations.

The writers visited the school as part of its week-long celebration of storytelling and reading. Held annually on the first Thursday in March in the UK, World Book Day sees schoolchildren and teachers alike dress up as their favourite characters from well-known tales, and share stories they love.

Mr Rai and Adisa worked with the pupils in workshops aimed at helping to inspire a love of books and reading in the pupils.

Mr Rai is the author of the Soccer Squad and Tales from Devana High series, a number of dyslexia-friendly books and the GCSE set text Rani & Sukh.

In 2003, Adisa landed first place in the national New Performance Poet of the Year competition, with the poet Benjamin Zephaniah saying while judging: “Adisa is the future. It’s so good to have something to look forward to.” That same year, he was honoured as the Hackney Poet Laureate.

Other activities during the week included watching a live stream of the National Theatre’s production of Jane Eyre and the pupils also held a book swap.

Friday, March 8 also marked the culmination of the school’s short story competition in which pupils had to write a 500-word ‘Twisted Tale/Creative Tale’ word extravaganza, with pupils reading out their creations in a special assembly, before teachers awarded gold, silver and bronze awards for both KS3 and KS4.

Principal Karim Murcia said:

“Good reading habits start early and children who share books with others are more likely to develop language skills and advanced reading levels. We want to engender in our pupils a lifelong love of reading and literacy to fire up their creativity and imaginations.

“Our week-long World Book Day celebrations have provided a wonderful learning opportunity for our pupils. Above all it’s been a really fun week in school, for pupils and staff alike.”

For further information on World Day visit www.worldbookday.com.

To find out more about Adisa look at his website, www.adisaworld.com. For more on Bali Rai visit http://www.balirai.co.uk.

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