Comic strip competition launches in Bradford

29 Jul 2019
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A new competition to inspire families to design their own comic strips has been launched in Bradford by our Inspiring Parents project.

Children in Keighley and Tong and Bowling are being challenged to get creative over the summer holidays by designing their own adventure comic strips.

There are no limits to what the comic strip can be about, so parents and carers are being encouraged to help their child find ideas and inspiration in the activities they will be doing this summer and the adventures they will be going on themselves.

Comic books are filled with high-energy plots, striking illustrations and punchy language, making them much more accessible for reluctant readers than traditional books. The competition will use the power of comics to get all children in the area excited about reading, writing and drawing this summer.

The competition is open to children aged 7 to 11 in Keighley and Tong and Bowling and all participants will have the chance to win a personal comic book subscription and book tokens to stock up on their favourite titles.

Inspiring Parents was launched in Keighley and in Tong and Bowling earlier this year to help improve the literacy skills of children aged 9 to 11 by supporting their parents to be more involved in their learning at school and at home. The initiative is run our Bradford Stories campaign with the Bradford Opportunity Area to improve literacy levels in the city.

Families can download a colourful template for their child’s comic strip entry and top tips to get ideas flowing here. The competition closes on 13 September 2019.

Imran Hafeez, Inspiring Parents Lead and Manager of Bradford Stories, said: “We are really excited to launch this competition for families in Keighley and Tong and Bowling. Comics are exciting, fun and easy to read, so they can be a brilliant way of engaging children who are not typically enthusiastic readers and writers. By encouraging children to design their own comic strips, they will have the opportunity to tell their story in a new and exciting way that makes sense to them using both words and images. We want to use the power of comics to inspire families to get creative and enjoy reading and writing together this summer.”

Kathryn Loftus, Programme Director, Bradford Opportunity Area, said: “The Bradford Opportunity Area is proud to be supporting the Inspiring Parents project to enable more parents to get involved with and feel confident about supporting their child’s learning. This competition is a great way to encourage reading for enjoyment - a key aspect in improving a child’s reading ability and literacy levels.”

To find out more about Inspiring Parents and the competition, visit Inspiringparents.org.uk