Celebrate World Book Day with Stoke Reads

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This World Book Day, Stoke Reads are taking over Stoke’s libraries!

Join us on Saturday 5 March and enjoy a fun-filled session with an expert storyteller. Your child will also receive a FREE World Book Day book to take home and keep. To book your place, get in touch with your local library by phone or email.

Alan Barratt: Stoke Library

Alan Barrett brings stories to life with his interactive, fun filled storytelling. With his repertoire of his own as well as traditional tales, there’s something for all ages and abilities to enjoy.

Dominic Berry: City Central

Dominic Berry is an award-winning poet. He was 2017 Glastonbury Festival Poet in Residence, winner of the 2020 and 2017 Saboteur ‘Best Spoken Word Artist’ award, and has toured his verse across the world. He’s quick thinking and an expert at improvising, speedily crafting rhythmic verse that incorporates all that children throw at him!

His poetic tales always incorporate a moral, such as the environment, bullying, animal welfare and working together as a team.

Jenny Morgan: Tunstall Library

Jenny is a theatre maker and storyteller from Manchester. She has performed her solo comedy and storytelling shows around the UK and Australia and runs workshops in storytelling for children and adults.

Sophia Hatfield: Bentilee Library

Sophia Hatfield (aka Soph) is an award-winning actor and musician, with extensive experience making and performing theatre and storytelling for children, and over 10 years’ experience working as a touring actor and musician across the UK.

Soph has worked alongside leading theatre companies all over the UK and also runs Stute Theatre CIC. Her 2018 library show ‘Common Lore’ was awarded Breakthrough Performance of the Year at the National Rural Touring Awards, and her show ‘Just Soph’ has been seen by over 4000 children.

Pyn Stockman: Longton Library

Pyn is a storyteller living on a boat in the West Midlands. She spends her time working with and telling stories to people of all ages in all kinds of places - festivals, woodlands, libraries, theatres, parks and schools. She’s worked with lots of different organisations like Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Arts Council, Birmingham Roundhouse, Birmingham Literature Festival, Bournville Book Festival, Birmingham Hippodrome.

Naomi Felton-Hunt : Meir Library

After working as an actor for several years Naomi now focuses primarily on facilitation and work with all age groups delivering drama workshops and story sessions. The story sessions involve reading the book together and then exploring the story actively, encouraging the children to be creative and use their imaginations to delve into the story and think beyond the words on the page, no matter their age. The main aim is always to have fun!

If you're unable to attend these events, the National Literacy Trust have a host of online activities for families to get involved with. Find out more on this webpage.