Great Malvern Festival of Stories a Great Success

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Peter Chand

The Great Malvern Festival of Stories for Children has been deemed a great success after over 1,000 people flocked to enjoy a line-up of internationally renowned authors and storytellers.

The brand-new festival was the first of its kind in Great Malvern and was held across a number of venues including a Festival Marquee and Storytelling Yurt in the Priory Grounds, The Lyttelton Well, Malvern Library, The Coach House Theatre, Malvern Cube, and Malvern Library.

The festival, which has been formed by Malvern Hills District Council in partnership with Boffy Arts and Events, was a celebration of stories, featuring a programme of professional storytellers, children’s authors, illustrators, puppet companies and theatre.

Children were also given the opportunity to try a musical instrument with the Severn Arts Travelling Music Box.

Held from Thursday (20 October) to Sunday (23 October), the festival had a programme designed specifically for schools, followed by family-friendly events over the weekend which was open to the public which saw children, parents and grandparents enjoying a fantastic line-up across the weekend.

Some highlights included Martin Brown, the illustrator of Horrible Histories, Jonny Duddle, illustrator of the celebrated Harry Potter books and Korky Paul celebrating 35 years of Winnie The Witch.

Also, internationally renowned storytellers Peter Chand and Cat Weatherill, Children’s Poet Laureate Joseph Coelho, and puppet theatre by Lempen Puppets, Indigo Moon Puppet Theatre and Sealegs Puppets.

Cllr Daniel Walton, Portfolio Holder for Tourism and Economic Development at Malvern Hills District Council, said: “The Great Malvern Festival of Stories for Children was a wonderful weekend of fun, entertainment, and learning. Even though it was the first time the festival has been held in the town, we had a great response and hundreds of families turned up to enjoy what was on offer. We hope to continue running the festival in future”.

Steve Boffy, from Boffy Arts and Events, said: “We have been thrilled by the success of the festival and by the overwhelmingly positive comments from the public, teachers and audiences alike. This was such a great little inaugural festival with brilliant authors, storytellers and performers and I very much hope it will be an annual feature in Malvern’s cultural calendar. I also need to thank our sponsors, partners, hosts and many volunteers who helped us make this possible”.

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Tracey Corderoy and Natalie McVey
Tracey Corderoy, author of Shifty McGrifty and Slippery Sam, with Natalie McVey, Deputy Leader at MHDC.
Steve Boffy
Steve Boffy, from Boffy Arts and Events.
Peter Chand
Storyteller Peter Chand in the Festival Storytelling Yurt.
Jonny Duddle
Jonny Duddle, illustrator of the silver anniversary edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
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