Town Hall Tales 2
Following the success of our debut children’s literature festival, TOWN HALL TALES 1, we had a lot riding on our second visit to Shoreditch.  Fortunately Town Hall Tales 2 was even better!   Just like before, children from East London schools got their own book plus two separate workshops with its author.  But this time they also had a special performance in SHOREDITCH TOWN HALL from HALF MOON YOUNG PEOPLE’S THEATRE. At the open-to=the-public event on Saturday November 15th we were delighted to welcome actress Sarah Hadland, one of the stars of Miranda on BBC TV, who is our patron for children’s literature events.   
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Sarah Hadland
‘A Roo in my Suitcase’ performed by Half Moon Theatre for the younger children taking part.
How Town Hall Tales works Our model takes established best practice from children's book festivals and enhances it.   We create a truly memorable learning experience.  The children have a fun day away from school to open their imaginations to the world of books.  Follow-up workshops in the classroom help them blossom.
A taste of the Town Hall in the heart of Shoreditch It all starts with a visit to the magnificent Town Hall.  Here classes meet ‘their’ author and get a personal introduction to the book they’ll study.  They also watch a play before exploring and eating lunch.
Children from Daubemey, St Saviour’s and John Scurr primary schools gather in the Assembly Hall ready for a play.
Inspiration from famous authors. Well-known authors, including Anthony Browne, Anne Cassidy, Benjamin Zephaniah and Chris Riddell take time with the children to discuss their books.  Their workshops at the Town Hall are followed by a personal visit to the classroom to see the work they’ve inspired.
Family involvement and an introduction to libraries. Many of the children face language challenges, perhaps not speaking English at home.  Some are from families facing financial hardship.  Our challenge is to get families involved with books, since all the research shows parental involvement helps  develop a reading habit.  LandSky invites parents and siblings of all the children taking part to our Saturday Festival for free.  Here they get chance to not only meet authors, but to get involved with singing, drama, poetry, illustration and other literature- related activities.  Hackney and Tower Hamlets Libraries are also on site encouraging people to join so they can borrow books for free. The Department for Education and Ofsted are agreed that reading for pleasure facilitates broader learning.  Town Hall Tales facilitates that.
LandSky would like to thank the following organisations for their encouragement and financial contribution to Town Hall Tales 2014
Benjamin Zephaniah with boys at Bishop Challoner School.
Mrs H and the Singalong Band at the family day.