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Shrewsbury Book Fest: Announcement

Posted on April 14, 2018

I am completely honoured and delighted to have been asked by Shrewsbury Children’s Bookfest to become one of their Patrons, alongside Martin Brown and Ian Whybrow, with the mighty Jacqueline Wilson as President.

I was first fortunate enough to encounter their work, in 2014, when The Last Wild was shortlisted for their Bookfest Award in 2014, and was struck by how inclusive, creative and child-led their work was. They invited children to choose their favourite books, to create art, poems, dramas and films about them, as well as responding critically, and go away beyond the brief of many regional books awards and festivals. The breadth and depth of their work across their community is inspirational.

The Trustees of the Festival said “Together with Piers on board as Patron, Shrewsbury Bookfest is looking forward to a new and exciting phase in the coming months and years, as its projects with schools and families across Shropshire evolve and grow.”