Schoolchildren flock to Big Write project

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One of the UK’s largest children’s literacy session took place at Harrogate’s Royal Hall last Friday with one of Britain’s leading children’s authors, Jason Beresford.

Some 500 schoolchildren from 20 schools across the Harrogate district took part in The Big Write, organised by Pobble - a global literacy initiative for sharing primary students’ writing - and Harrogate International Festivals.

Anna Whiteley, at Pobble, said: “This is the most exciting event we’ve done to date.

“Writing is crucial not just in terms of developing literacy but it allows children to express themselves, and boosts confidence.

“This is what Pobble is all about – engaging young minds and giving children a platform to share their fantastic writing.”

The event is part of the festival’s yearly outreach work of workshops, masterclasses, community and creative learning events.

It involved children writing short stories around the theme of time travel. Pupils from Years 4, 5 and 6 took part in the interactive workshop.

Jason Beresford, who is the author of The Fabulous Four Fish Fingers, Frozen Fish Fingers and Fish Fingers vs Nuggets about a gang of superhero kids and former Emmerdale director, attended the event.

All children taking part will have their work published and shared with the world on

Gemma Rowland, Operations Manager at Harrogate International Festivals, said: “We have put Harrogate on the literary map with our major book festivals, featuring the biggest authors at work.

“It’s important to us that we use our platform to engage and inspire young people in the district as part of our educational work.”