Literature Festival in Bradford

Anyone who lives close to Bradford might enjoy a trip to the Literature Festival that begins today and runs until May 29th. As well as appearances from over 350 authors, film makers and artists, there are some big family events in City Park. On Saturday, May 21, there will be a Superhero Day in the park, that will include interactive performances, workshops to help young people learn how be a superhero and make their own costumes, as well as a screening of Pixar modern classic The Incredibles.


The following day, there will be a number of events in the park around the theme of fairy tales. There will be a screening of Disney’s Peter Pan on the Big Screen and a live show based on the tale in the park, where the spectators will be asked to act as the Lost Boys.

The family event on Saturday, May 28 will be based around beloved author and illustrator Beatrix Potter and feature performances and workshops. Harry Potter fans are invited to celebrate the boy wizard’s adventures on Sunday May 29 for an event with live shows, workshops and a screening of the first Harry Potter film.

Teacher at Capstone Foster Care, Gavin says:

I’d recommend that foster carers to attend if possible. Anything that increases young peoples’ exposure to the world of books and stories is extremely valuable, helping them to engage in reading as a pleasurable activity. Research shows, as you would expect, that the more ‘reading miles’, or reading practice, a young person does, the better their reading comprehension and imagination will be. Comprehension of what they’ve read isn’t just important in English but across all school subjects.

Festival organisers have really tried to make the festival appeal to all ages. Syima Aslam, a co-organiser, said “A lot of the events we’ve planned for adults will also be of interest for young people too.”


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