Yesterday over 100 pupils from schools across Greater Manchester descended on Central and Fallowfield libraries to meet author and illustrator, Curtis Jobling. Curtis will be touring Manchester Schools in the run up to the 2014 Manchester Children’s Book Festival to launch his new book, Haunt, as well as a brand new comic strip competition, devised in association with one of our sponsors, Neville Johnson.
Curtis entertained his audiences with a curious game of ‘Scary Man or Wolf Man’, showed them hilarious cartoon clips from his ever-popular Curious Cow animation series and gave them an exclusive preview of a trailer for his new book, Haunt. The audience was amazed to discover that the trailer had been put together by pupils at Penketh High School in Warrington; formally Curtis’ own stomping ground as a teenager!
Taejon Edwards from Barlow RC High School, felt inspired by Curtis’ performance: “I really liked the way Curtis encouraged us to pursue our hobbies.”
Fellow pupil, Luke Tann, thought, “It was really interesting. I loved watching his animations and hearing him read from his new book.”
Teacher, Kevin Sheehan, from Loreto High School, couldn’t agree more: “Curtis is a brilliant entertainer, he really engaged with our students”.
Molly Santer from Reddish Vale High School is very excited about entering the Neville Johnson comic strip competition: “I can’t wait to read Haunt, it sounds amazing!”
If you would like to enter the Comic Strip competition, please click here to download an application form and a storyboard. Entries will be judged by Curtis and the winner will receive a professionally designed framed print of their Comic Strip.
The 2014 Manchester Children’s Book Festival takes place between the 26th June and 6th July. If you would like to take part click here.