The IW Story Festival, which took place over half term, attracted many hundreds of children and families from all parts of the UK and, indeed, the world – with participants coming from places as diverse as the Netherlands, Trinidad and Tobago and the USA.

Over the 4 days, the festival ­­– which mixed pre-recorded with live-streamed YouTube sessions – attracted 2,853 views from 855 different devices. But if you didn’t manage to catch it live, the good news is that all sessions will remain on the IW Story Festival’s YouTube channel, at least until Sunday 27th February.

The inspirational online programme of stories included sessions from children’s writer and former CBeebies presenter, Cerrie Burnell, shadow puppet company Emergency Turtle, Carnegie Medal long-lister Tom Palmer and the Island’s own award-winning children’s writer Kieran Larwood.

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Peta Rainford, organiser of the festival, says:

“We are so pleased with the way it all came together.

“We hadn’t originally planned to do an online event, but we had to adapt to the circumstances. Thanks to our fabulous performers and wonderful audience, we still managed to create a festival vibe, with lots of people posting comments and asking questions during sessions and getting involved with the various crafts and writing activities.”

Cerrie Burnell

Among many other things, participants enjoyed making nesting rings with local naturalist Kathy Grogan as well as making treasure chains with children’s author Eve McDonnell and drawing dolphins, pugs and unicorns with local author and illustrator Jules Marriner.

The organisers say they are looking forward to putting on a live ‘physical’ IW Story Festival in Newport in February 2022, but, in view of this year’s successful event, hope to incorporate an online element too, to enable a wider audience to enjoy the festival.

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You can still catch the sessions on the IW Story Festival’s YouTube channel and find out more about the IW Story Festival from its website, www.iwstoryfestival.com.

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