BookSlam 2014 saw hundreds of primary school pupils from all over Wales congregate in Brecon for a children’s literary bonanza. Over two rounds, dozens of schools competed to wow the judges with their enthusiasm for their favourite books. The children of Broadhaven School ran out the eventual winners, having impressed with their discussion of Nina Bawden’s Carrie’s War and a dramatic presentation of Silent Mountain, an adventure story with an ecological twist by Candy Jar’s own Michelle Briscombe.
Broadhaven’s headteacher, Mr A Williams, was delighted with his students’ success: ‘Our pupils got in touch with Michelle Briscombe… to say they would be presenting her work in the BookSlam competition. She wished them the best of luck, and her words obviously had the desired effect!’
BookSlam is an annual event ran by the Welsh Books Council. Medi Jones-Jackson, Children’s Books and Reading Promotion Officer for the council, was delighted to see the children ‘brimming with enthusiasm’ for the chance to analyse and perform their favourite books. Candy Jar is very proud to have played a part in inspiring the pupils of Broadhaven, and would like to congratulate them on their success (and impeccable taste)!
To find out what they’re so enthusiastic about, click here.