Young Poetry and a Castle Takeover!

Young Norfolk Arts Festival took place across the county between 1st– 10th July, with a plethora of events in all aspects of art and culture. We attended two events at the tail-end of last week; the Young Norfolk Poetry Competition, hosted by Writers’ Centre Norwich, and the British Art Show 8 Norwich Castle Takeover, with lots of brilliant workshops taking place between 5-10pm on Saturday evening.

Only in its first year, the Young Norfolk Poetry Competition gave poets aged 14-18 the opportunity to showcase their talents by submitting poems or lyrics of no longer than 40 lines in length. Also at the ceremony was rapper and street poet, Franco Fraize, who performed one of his songs a-cappella. Writers’ Centre have posted the winning entrants online here and as you can see, the quality of work was incredibly high.

The British Art Show Takeover was a brilliant opportunity to visit Norwich Castle for free on a sunny afternoon. As well as getting to take in the wonderful surroundings and the visiting BAS8 exhibition, there were also lots of activities taking place in the museum’s rotunda including arts and crafts inspired by the touring collection of modern contemporary art. Well done to the YNAF and Norwich Castle teams for organising such an engaging event!


And last, but not least, the Big Friendly Read launches at libraries this weekend! If you haven’t heard about this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, where on earth have you been? Be sure to pop along to your local branch to sign up and start your reading journey. Don’t forget, for 11-18 year olds in Norfolk, there’s also the ImagiNation project, which you can read about here.

Below are this week’s Friday Reads:

Apryl: Bears Make the Best Reading Buddies by Carmen Oliver, illustrated by Jean Claude

bearAs someone who likes reading and bears, this book is very relevant to my interests.

When Adelaide’s class are assigned reading buddies for the year, she doesn’t need Mrs Fitz-Pea to match her up with someone as she already has a friend in mind- a Bear. Her teacher is obviously apprehensive that a wild, potentially aggressive mammal wants to participate in class reading, but Adelaide lays out her reasoning in a very persuasive way (my favourite of which is that they always have a jar of honey to repair books with- must try this in office).

The illustrations which accompany this pro-reading story are wonderful and by the end of it, I wished that I had my own reading buddy bear. Is this something someone can arrange?

(Curious Fox, £4.99 paperback, ISBN 9781782024279, find it at a Norfolk Library)

Zoë: Oodles of Noodles by Diana Hendry, illustrated by Sarah Massini

NoodlesThis amusing story is reminiscent of ‘The Magic Porridge Pot’.

With illustrations by Sarah Massini that capture the magnitude of the noodles, this would be a lovely story to read aloud. There are several fonts used throughout the story to good effect although some readers may find decoding words in certain fonts tricky. As such, it would be suitable to model text types to older readers where they are writing for specific audiences.

I did enjoy the daftness of the story and I’m sure children will too!

(Little Tiger Press, £5.99 paperback, ISBN 9781845064501)

You can find an archive of our Friday Reads here.


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