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Storytellers take over Stowmarket street to celebrate year since project launch

01 Feb 2023

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To celebrate a year of Get Suffolk Reading work in Stowmarket, we transformed Ipswich Street into our storytelling street for the morning - and about 100 children came to join us!

We kept warm with some books, including old classics and new favourites, and an oral storyteller drew inspiration from his listeners to tell tales about stars inside apples, little donkeys and much more.

Families visited the library after hearing a story (or three) to pick up a free book or magazine to take home and enjoy.

"We're so proud of the work we've done in Stowmarket over the past year and this event celebrated it all perfectly. Despite the January cold so many families and volunteers came to enjoy some stories - and most children took a book home to keep the storytelling going."

Sarah Maidment, Stowmarket Project Manager

Harriet, a pupil at Combs Ford Primary, wrote her own story called The Kindest Monster and shared it with the storytellers. She also picked up some writing tips from fellow authors.

Volunteer and Chairman of Stowmarket Chamber of Commerce Colin Tapscott, said: "It was a pleasure to be part of it and enjoy the fun of reading and stories."

Since January 2022, Get Suffolk Reading in Stowmarket has gifted 17,562 books in and around the town.

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