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Bradford pupils on the right track to develop their literacy skills on World Book Day

01 Mar 2016

To celebrate World Book Day, the National Literacy Trust Hub in Bradford and Grand Central Rail will be transforming a train carriage into a hub of literacy activity. Passengers will include local authors who will inspire pupils to read and write as they travel through Yorkshire’s captivating scenery.

The Lord Mayor of Bradford, Joanne Dodds, will send children on a literacy-packed journey from Bradford Interchange station by handing out books and chatting to pupils before they set off for Doncaster.

On board the train, Yorkshire-based authors Mike Pannett and Irene Lofthouse, who both explore Yorkshire’s stunning countryside, fascinating characters and local history in their writing, will encourage 30 Year 5 children from Easburn Infant and Junior School, Parkland Primary School and Girlington Primary School to do the same through storytelling, creative writing workshops and a competition.

The wordsmiths will use extracts from their books and views from the train to inspire the children to produce pieces of creative writing influenced by the range of scenes speeding past through the train windows. Prizes will be given out at the end of the journey to reward the most evocative prose.

Sean English, Acting Managing Director at Grand Central said:
“At Grand Central Rail, we pride ourselves on the close links we have with the communities along our routes, and it is wonderful to be able to work with National Literacy Trust Hub in Bradford and spread the joy of reading to children in the local area. World Book Day is a fantastic celebration of literacy, and we are delighted to be able to be part of it. We’re looking forward to welcoming our young travellers on board.”

Imran Hafeez, Manager of the National Literacy Trust Hub in Bradford said:
“We’re delighted that Grand Central Rail are supporting the National Literacy Trust Hub in Bradford through hosting this unique event which will stimulate children’s imagination, motivate them to read and give them confidence in their writing skills  and ability to try new experiences. World Book Day is a great time to celebrate authors from Yorkshire who aim to inspire a new generation to engage in the art of storytelling and to enjoy reading more books.”

Girls on train

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