A week in the life of a Festival sea monkey

 

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes of the Manchester Children’s Book Festival?
We asked Charlie, our incredibly hard working sea monkey, to keep a diary of his week to see what he gets up to and how all of the fun comes together.

 

Monday
We get lots of requests for brochures to be sent out to people, so I spent most of Monday sending out packs and letters for requests from the weekend. If you want, you can get yours free by signing up to our mailing list, or by downloading a copy from our website.
The weather’s been lovely too, so took some time to enjoy the sun out in the park with Alfie, one of the sea monkey team…

 Tuesday
Spent a lot of the day on the phone with our schools who are hosting visits by our authors in the build up to the festival. We’ve got Curtis Jobling out at The King’s School in Macclesfield this Thursday, so just making final arrangements for his visit!
Wednesday
We’ve been out visiting the Manchester Children’s Hospital School, meeting up with Tracy Gallier the Assistant Head Teacher, and getting on board with the Readwell trolley.
We’re gearing up for a special visit to them on the first Friday of the Festival, where Phillip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre will be stopping by for a visit and a seawigs parade!
Thursday
Out with Curtis Jobling today at The King’s School in Macclesfield for the continuing Reading and Writing Relay. It was fab day, and the all the pupils at The King’s School were excellent! Got back to Festival HQ and sorted out all the posts for our blog and Reading and Writing Relay
We also welcomed Bertie to the team… he’s going to be organising our sea monkey raffle for our Family Fun Day where you can get the chance to win and adopt one of the sea monkey team!
Friday
We’ve been out with the fantastic kids at St Mary’s CofE Primary School in Moss Side today, making seawigs in preparation for our seawigs parade on the Family Fun Day. They’re making some amazing wigs, and we can’t wait to see them on the 28th June!
You can make your own to, just click here for a template and instructions.
It’s been a very busy week, so finishing off by colouring in a picture of our Festival Director James Draper. I think I’ve got the likeness just about right? Could do with some more green…
Charlie will be back next Friday with a round up of the week’s activities at Festival HQ. In the meantime you can keep up with all the action through twitter @mcbf2014 or #mcbf2014 or through our Facebook Group (just search Manchester Children’s Book Festival 2014)
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