January 31, 2015
Kicking off the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour in 2015 was the wonderful author, illustrator, playwright and poet Vivian French.
Over the course of a jam-packed week Vivian shared her passion for stories and imagination with almost 2000 primary school pupils from 11 different schools in Birmingham. A fantastic actor and storyteller, Vivian’s schools event focussed on the hugely popular Tales from the Five Kingdoms series and captivated pupils with tales of a magical world populated with ogres, witches, werewolves, zombies and some very silly royals! Pupils were also encouraged to make up their own stories, resulting in some weird and wonderful tales featuring an angry jaguar, a feisty kangaroo, and an extremely hungry monster.
The schools had done some brilliant projects inspired by Vivian’s books. One school transformed the library into a fairytale kingdom and gathered the pupils to tell stories and eat marshmallows in front of an indoor campfire, at another school pupils became fashion designers and designed ghoulish dresses for the evil Lady Lamorna.