Education & Community Outreach Programme

Primary School Day Friday 12 May

Hello and welcome to the first Primary Schools Day programme at the Barnes Children’s Literature Festival!

The Barnes Children’s Literature Festival was created to inspire the next generation of readers and writers and we’re delighted to announce this trial of our new Education and Community Outreach Programme which is free to all state schools.

School Days sessions will introduce students to their favourite authors and illustrators, as well as to a few exciting new voices, who will be exploring a variety of topics linked to the London school curriculum.

We want to get children excited about literature, literacy and creativity whilst giving them the tools to create their futures because in Barnes we believe that kids can live their dreams through the power of reading and that the future is theirs to write. And everybody else? Well, they’re coming along for the ride!

We look forward to welcoming you and your students to Barnes.

Amanda J. Brettargh,


10.00am Joseph Coelho – Suitable for Years 3, 4, 5, 6

schools-CoelhoPerformance poet Joseph Coelho will be sharing poems from his award winning collection Werewolf Club Rules including inspiring teachers, crazy scientists, how to look like a rainbow and how to fold up your gran.

In his dynamic session, young poets will get to create worlds made of paper, sing and learn poetic devices, and use fun active game play to create fantastic poetic adventures.

Joseph Coelho is a writer, performer and co-founder of Word Pepper Theatre Company but he’s probably best known from his appearances as CBeebie’s Rhyme Rocket. His poems have been published in several anthologies including Green Glass Beads edited by Jacqueline Wilson. His debut children’s collection Werewolf Club Rules won the Children’s Poetry Prize in 2015.

Focus: Poetry, Humour
Booklist: Werewolf Club Rules

11.30am Michelle Magorian – Suitable for Year 6 and above.

schools-MagorianYoung Willie Beech is evacuated to the country as Britain stands on the brink of the Second World War. A sad, deprived child, he slowly begins to flourish under the care of old Tom Oakley but his new-found happiness is shattered by a summons from his mother back in war torn London.

In this presentation, Goodnight Mister Tom –
Which version? Michelle discusses the different ways of telling a story by discussing how a scene from her book was adapted for musical version and for the much loved television film.

Master storyteller Michelle Magorian is the bestselling author of the children’s classic world war two story Goodnight Mister Tom and A Spoonful of Jam amongst others and has won many awards including the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award and the Costa Prize. Philip Pullman has described her writing as ‘masterly.’

Focus: London in World War Two, Storytelling
Booklist: Goodnight Mr Tom

1.00pm Kjartan Poskitt – Suitable for Years 3, 4, 5, 6

schools-PostkittKjartan Poskitt introduces kids to the Ancient Greeks, the people who really did put the Murder into Maths!  He’ll also be showing off some amazing tricks and weird facts including how to make a dragon from a cinema ticket but NO NASTY SUMS – guaranteed!

Kjartan is a former presenter for BBC Schools and the author of more than eighty books including the bestselling Murderous Maths series, Agatha Parrot and Borgon the Axeboy.

Focus: Maths, Humour
Booklist: Murderous Maths series

Download School’s Programme Booking Form PDF