Stanley Grove Primary Academy invited everyone to Longsight this weekend for their 2nd exciting collaboration with the Manchester Children’s Book Festival and Melland High School, Rushbrook Primary Academy and Cedar Mount Academy.
This year’s Bigger Book Bash theme was The Elephant Thief, inspired by a new book by Jane Kerr, which tells the story of Maharajah, an elephant who walked from Scotland to Manchester’s Belle Vue in 1872.
Starting at noon with a parade, led by an enormous elephant puppet, the community joined together for a riot of colour and a cacophony of sound as they celebrated Maharaja’s epic journey.
The Bigger Book Bash event was opened by author Jane Kerr, who welcomed the community and encouraged families to take advantage of the seven book-themed zones.
With over seventy creative makes, games, activities and storytelling-based around children’s fiction on offer, families were entertained throughout the day. Visitors also had the opportunity to join in the fun at the Manchester Children’s Book Festival tent who hosted ‘The Wonders of Poetry Zone’, featuring stunning performances from local children and poets Mandy Coe and Matt Goodfellow.
Contributors to the day included Circus House, Strange Theatre Company, Z-Arts, Manchester Library Service, Manchester Museum, Whitworth Art Gallery and the National Football Museum.
Photography: Hala AlGhanim