Halifax Central Library; March 13th


The 13th of March 2013 found me at Halifax Central Library performing poems to very clever pupils from all over Halifax as part of a celebration of reading and books.

The children had all read these four books;

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Cloud Busting – Malorie Blackman 

The Wierdstone of Brisingamen – Alan Garner

Wonderstruck – Brian Selznick

Wolf Brother – Michelle Paver   

What happened was, I performed to half the crowd and the others did some fabulous activities with the librarians (like making dream catchers) which everyone really enjoyed and then after some refreshing  juice, we swapped over and I performed again to the other half of the crowd as my first audience made stuff. What an exciting morning!! It really went well and Lynne and all her colleagues deserve a HUGE BIG UP for all they did and how hard they worked.

Here are some comments;

Everyone had a great time – really enjoyed it!

Lynne Hackett

Discover Learning Manager

Central Library

Halifax HX1 1UN

The children said some kind things too;

David Harmer was amazing!’

‘The day was entertaining’

‘David Harmer was funny’

‘David Harmer is hilarious and gobsmackingly funny!’

‘It’s been absolutely minted’

These are my two favourite comments;

‘Most writers can take it too seriously but David Harmer makes you laugh but he is still serious about poetry’

‘The David person was very funny’

That’s me from now on! The David Person who makes you laugh but is serious about poetry!
It’s true, I am.

So a big THANKYOU to all the librarians in Halifax that day and all the amazing, funny and talented children I met. Oh, by the way, the kids had to vote on their favourite book out of the four and I had to read out the ballot.

Wolf Brother won, just! All four are great reads but Wolf Brother is really excellent and very exciting. Try it!

WHOOPS!!! I have just been reminded by Sophie, one of the wonderful librarians, that in fact Wonderstuck won, so I apologise for getting it wrong.

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