STROUD BOOK FESTIVAL: Promoting Educational Copyright in the Cotswolds

The fourth Stroud Book Festival took place in November, staging over 50 events for both children and adults with authors from across the UK. Kamal Ahmed, Katy Brand, Sophie Dahl, Julia Donaldson, Nell Gifford, Ian McEwan, David Nott, Max Porter, Lemn Sissay and Nina Stibbe were among those taking to the stage during the five days of the 2019 Festival.

Stroud Book Festival was able to stage a fantastic day of events for local primary school pupils with sponsorship from ALCS. Over 700 local children attended a wonderfully diverse bill of events which included Onjali Q Raúf talking about her prize-winning novel, The Boy at the Back of the Class; Joseph Coelho who took children on a lyrical journey through his poetry and picture books; and spectacular storyteller Atinuke who presented facts and stories from the rich continent of Africa.

Throughout the day, children had the chance to attend writing workshops; composing poetry with Joseph Coelho; or joining prize-winning Gloucestershire-based author, Christopher Edge who invited children to write their best stories ever!

All the children and teachers who attended the Stroud Book Festival Schools’ Day took away information about ALCS’s copyright education materials, aimed at exploring the importance of copyright with pupils in KS2 and KS3: what it means, what it does, and how it benefits creators, readers and viewers.