Spread The Word Festival Celebrates World Book Day 2015

World Book Day in Merthyr Tydfil has become synonymous with the Spread the Word Children’s Arts & Literacy Festival. This is the Stephens & George Centenary Charitable Trust’s third time hosting the event and this year there were more events, workshops and special guests to enjoy than ever before.

The Festival gives local children the opportunity to engage with art and literature in a fun and interactive way, whether listening to some magnificent children’s stories from the authors themselves or having the opportunity to play life-size chess on Merthyr High Street.

The Festival has received the backing of support of many important figures in the local community from the Mayor Brian Mansbridge to Education Minister Huw Lewis who were both in attendance to open the Festival at St Tydfil’s Church.

“I’m passionate about getting young people hooked on reading and I was so pleased to take part in the ‘Spread the Word’ festival here in Merthyr Tydfil organised and supported by the Stephens and George Charitable Trust.

It was fantastic to see that so many children had come dressed as some of their favourite literary characters and the festival will undoubtedly have introduced them to new and exciting books that they will love for a lifetime.”
Huw Lewis AM

The Festival was attended by more children from local primary schools than ever before; children were encouraged to dress up as their favourite characters from the world of literature which gave Merthyr High Street a carnivalesque atmosphere.

As well as hearing stories from acclaimed authors and screenwriters including Dan Anthony, Debbie Moon, David Llewelyn and Tori James, children were entertained by fun and interactive workshops boasting exotic animals, plate-spinning and puppet shows. A range of stalls could be seen throughout the high street selling food, hot drinks and some fantastic books.

The Trust was delighted by the amount of interest shown by children in the world of literature, as improving literacy levels in the local community was the Trust’s chief ambition when it launched in 2012. In addition, the amount of support shown by local shops, churches and community groups was remarkable as they opened their doors to nearly a thousand primary school children throughout the day.

“I’d like to thank everyone that attended and supported the event this year. The festival brought together so many people from different facets of the local community and the end result was a day where young people could forget about the distractions of technology and be thoroughly immersed in the world of literature. Young people saw a variety of acts from writers to children’s entertainers and we were delighted with the amount of literature sold at our charity book shop.” Helen Hughes, Charity Coordinator.
The Trust would like to thank all the children who attended and the many community groups, shops, authors and important local figures who helped make this year’s festival the most entertaining and informative event yet.
For more images from this year’s event please visit the Stephens & George Centenary Charitable Trust Facebook page or the Charitable Trust website.


If you would like to support the Trust in future events please contact Charity Coordinator Helen Hughes via 01685 352043 or email helen.hughes@stephensandgeorge.co.uk