Manchester Connecting Stories - David Baddiel Virtual Author Event

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Manchester Connecting Stories - David Baddiel Virtual Author Event

Wednesday, 27 January 2021

‘Connecting Stories’ is a new initiative developed and led by National Literacy Trust with our partners at Read Manchester and Manchester City Council.

The focus for the project is to bring literacy alive through virtual author visits and online events, ensuring children and young people have continual access to schemes that highlight reading for pleasure and creative writing at a time when so many restrictions to these activities are in place.

As a result of our work with Read Manchester, WHGS was invited to join in with an exclusive live broadcast that took place on Tuesday 26 January, featuring bestselling author of Head Kid, Animalcolm and Birthday Boy... the one and only, David Baddiel.

David's books are always popular in the Learning Resource Centre (LRC), with students from both Primary and Secondary Phase, and we were delighted to be given the opportunity to hear him talk about his journey from comedian and presenter (and singer!) to children's author.  David also discussed the inspiration for his stories and introduced viewers to his latest book, Future Friend. 

A sci-fi tale of friendship and family life in the year 3020, in Future Friend we meet 11-year-old Pip, for whom leaving the house to go to school is impossible and ‘virtual lessons’ are a daily event.  Sound familiar?  David actually started writing the book before news of the pandemic and didn’t imagine that the ideas in his story would soon become reality.  You can read a summary of the book on the HarperCollins website.

The ‘Connecting Stories’ live session was delivered via a secure link on YouTube and a recorded version can be viewed at Manchester Connecting Stories: David Baddiel.

‘Connecting Stories’ is an Arts Council funded initiative, developed and led by National Literacy Trust, Read Manchester and Manchester City Council, involving WHGS and selected schools across Manchester.

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