Bampton Children’s Literary Afternoon

Published on Tuesday, May 28th, 2024

Earlier this month, Dick’s younger daughter Liz took part in a special event in Bampton, Oxfordshire. Here is her report from the day:

“Last Saturday afternoon I took part in a Children’s Literary Afternoon for the primary school in our village: the school that both my children, two of Dad’s/Dick’s grandchildren, attended. Bampton C of E Primary School is raising funds in order to build a much needed new early years unit for the school.

The afternoon was packed with different activities for children and parents alike: story writing, a quiz, a word search, a craft table, flowers for sale, new and second-hand books and most importantly of all tea, coffee, cakes and later in the afternoon, for adults only, Pimms!

There were also two talks given by screenwriter Richard McBrien and watercolour artist and illustrator Matthew Rice, both of which greatly intrigued the audience of children and adults.

My contribution was three separate Story Time spots during the afternoon held in the school’s library, which had been decorated with fairy lights and made into a cosy corner. The readings were from Friends and Brothers, The Hodgeheg, Sophie’s Snail and Ambrose follows his Nose and both children and adults alike seemed to enjoy the stories. Some of the adults even remembered some of Dick’s books from their own childhoods. Reuben Foley in the photo above particularly liked the Sophie’s Snail story.

You can see some of the other photos that were taken that day below…

For further information, or if you would like to contribute to this worthy cause, please see the ‘It_Takes_A_Village_Bampton’ initiative on Instagram or contact
Thanks for reading, Liz.”


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