A new trail of BookBench sculptures, designed and painted by Peterborough school children and artists, have been installed across the city to bring literacy to life for local families. Over the past year, 11 local schools and 6 local artists have been busy designing the benches, taking inspiration from a wide variety of topics, including outer space, chickens, Mr Men, fairy tales and the travels of Paddington Bear!
The trail, produced by Wild in Art and led by Peterborough Reads from the National Literacy Trust, launches this week in museums, shopping centres, cultural hubs and libraries across the city. Sponsors include Savills, Westone, LNER, City College Peterborough, Stagecoach, Cityfibre, Whirlpool Corporation, Serpentine Green, BGL, Buckles Solicitors, and Sage Publishing.
The BookBench trail is part of an exciting summer schedule of events, led by Peterborough Reads and the National Literacy Trust’s Connecting Stories initiative. Families will also be able to attend story telling events and can enjoy a ‘Walk and Talk Trail’, designed to develop literacy through everyday social activities and play. To keep up-to-date with more information about the story telling events across the summer, follow @PeterboroughReads. The trail map is available to download here: Peterborough BookBench Trail Map
Sally Atkinson, Peterborough Reads Hub Manager, says:
“'I am delighted that we are able to launch the Peterborough BookBench Trail to bring to fruition the culmination of the Vision for Reading. Reading and stories are so important for all of us. They can transport us to different worlds, make us laugh, or teach us something that we didn’t know. When you read with a child, or encourage them to read alone, you’re not just helping them to engage with the magic of stories, but you’re also helping them to learn and develop skills that will help them throughout their lives.”
Angela Wood, Headteacher, Lime Academy Watergall, says:
“We have been honoured to be part of the BookBench initiative in Peterborough this year. Our bench is a celebration of the books that each year group have most enjoyed throughout this school year. As a school we promote reading for pleasure at every opportunity and this has given us another reason to talk about books and celebrate how much we enjoy them. Children throughout the school have helped to design and paint the bench and we are looking forward to seeing all of the benches that have been created for the trail. We hope that our bench might inspire others to pick up a book and get reading.”