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Holly Medland

Dread the thought of being shut indoors with the kids this half term? The IW Story Festival is hosting a story trail that will take you around Newport, without needing to leave the sofa.

The IW Story Festival, which will be taking place online from Wednesday 17th to Saturday 20th February, would have been based in Newport again this year and a story trail of the town had been planned.

When COVID restrictions took the whole event online, the organisers didn’t want to lose the Festival’s Newport connection, so they have devised a series of clues that will take you on a virtual tour of the town, via the Facebook page of various local businesses and organisations.

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Holly Medland, local historian and storyteller, says:

“All the clues are based around characters in books that will be featuring at the IW Story Festival and will be posted on our Facebook page on Monday 15 February. Like all the sessions at this year’s festival, the story trail is free to join, so we hope lots of families get involved.”

The story trail is just one of many activities children and families will be able to take part in at the IW Story Festival – from making a nesting ring for birds in your garden with environmental educationalist Kathy Grogan, to writing poems with performance poet Adam Gaterell, to making puppets with shadow puppet company Emergency Turtle.

In addition, many of the author talks and storytelling will also include activities for children to take part in and there are several outdoor activities for families to download from the website and enjoy in their bubbles.

The whole event will be streamed via the IW Story Festival’s YouTube channel – families are advised to subscribe to the channel in advance for notifications of when sessions are happening.

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The full programme of events can also be found on its website at https://www.iwstoryfestival.com/.

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