St Mary's CofE Primary School - 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind...Love your neighbour as yourself.' Matthew 22 v37-40

St Mary's CofE Primary School

Ready steady festival

Wednesday 24 February  1:45pm - 2:30pm
Joshua Seigal
Age Range 7 - 11
Joshua Seigal is a poet, performer and workshop leader. He has performed his poetry all over the world, in including the Edinburgh Book Festival and the Dubai Literary Festival. He has many books published by Bloomsbury, and won the Laugh Out Loud Book Award in 2020.  The session will be a fun, interactive performance of his most popular poems!
See for lots of free poems.


Monday 1 March  11:00-11:45am
Shoo Rayner
Age Range 8 – 11
Shoo Rayner has written and illustrated over 200 books for children.  His latest title is Walker and the Mystery of the Missing Millions. Ten-year-old Walker isn't allowed a dog of his own, so he walks other peoples. But when he finds he can understand them, he gets drawn into mysteries that only the dogs can solve.
Shoo will answer questions about writing, illustrating and about his new book Walker and end the session with a little bit of drawing.
Tuesday 2 March  11:00-11:45am; 1:30-2:15pm and 6:00-6:45pm
Stute Theatre
Age 3 – 8 (and the whole family)
Fables at the Kitchen Table is a new online storytelling adventure, brought to you by Stute Theatre and performed by Tameside artist Sophia Hatfield. Adapted from the famous Aesop’s Fables, this online show features live music, songs, puppetry and beautiful storytelling. Whether at home or in school join storyteller Soph and a host of animal characters, as we recreate the famous fables using familiar props from the kitchen table.
Thursday 4 March  1:45-2:30pm
Dominic Berry
Age Range 5+
Dommy B has won Saboteur's 2020 award for the UK's Best Spoken Word Artist, New York's famous Nuyorican Poetry Cafe Slam and UK Superheroes of Slam. He has performed his poetry for children on national TV on BBC Rhyme Rocket. Following his 2018 performance for us of his hit show 'Aaaaaaaaaaaaagh! Dinosaurs!', this is a chance to experience an exciting and unique interactive story, written and performed by Dommy B.
Friday 5 March 1:45-2:30pm
Caryl Hart: Mini Monsters - Can I Play?
Age Range 3 -7

Meet the Mini Monsters, four friendly monsters who love to play!
It's the day of Sparkle's magic show and she's the star! But when Scout wants to play too, Sparkle isn't happy! Will she let Scout join in the game and see that it's much more fun when everyone plays together?
Join Caryl Hart for the story then sing the Mini Monsters song and learn a magic trick!
Download other Mini Monsters activities here:
Monday 8 March 11:00am-12noon
Tom Palmer
Age Range: 8 - 11
Tom Palmer writes books about sport and history. Tom got into reading through his love for football – and that is what motivates him to write about sport and history now.  Listen to Tom talk about his books and chat with the children, answering any questions they want to ask.
Lots of free literacy resources available to schools via Tom’s website
Tuesday 9 March 11:00-11:45
Guy Parker-Rees
Age Range 4 - 7
Guy Parker Rees is one of Britain’s best loved children’s illustrators and authors; most famous for Giraffes Can’t Dance. In this session,
 Guy will talk a bit about his work as an illustrator (author) and read a story, asking the children to look at the different feelings being communicated.
There will be the opportunity for children to help Guy make up a brand new picture book animal character, they give him ideas about what animal, the setting, what they are feeling and why etc. which he will then draw live.
This session will be great for a smaller group of artistic children. Have your art supplies on hand and be ready to get creative.
Wednesday 10 March 11:00am-12noon
Marie Basting
Age Range 7+
With themes of resilience, smashing stereotypes and developing a positive extreme sporting mindset, this fun, interactive presentation will leave children raring to defy the limits others put on them and eager to #BeMoreBMX. Includes a look at Marie’s writing journey, a trip to princess school and of course an introduction to the extreme sport of BMX!  
Thursday 11 March 1:45-2:30pm
Caryl Hart: When a Dragon Goes to School.
Age Range 3-7
When a Dragon goes to school, does she refuse to go inside or try to run away and hide?
Why no! Dragon's don't do that!
Meet the little dragon and find out what's in her school bag, then join Caryl Hart as she reads this adorable, funny rhyming story.
We'll learn the Dragon song and Caryl will show you some of the activities you can do at home.
Download activities here:
riday 12 March 1:30-2:30pm
Phil Earle: Surrounded by Stories
Age 7+
The simplest, most mundane events in life can spark a new adventure. Join Phil as explores the wonderful drama in our everyday lives just waiting to be written down.
Friday 12 March 11:00-11:45am
Matt Goodfellow
Age Range 7 -11
Matt Goodfellow is from Manchester. He is a National Poetry Day Ambassador for the Forward Arts Foundation. His most recent collection is ‘Bright Bursts of Colour’ (Bloomsbury 2020). Other books include his acclaimed debut collection, ‘Carry Me Away’, released in 2016, ‘Be the Change’ (Macmillan 2019) and ‘The Same Inside’ (Macmillan 2018), written with Liz Brownlee and Roger Stevens, and ‘Chicken on the Roof’ (Otter Barry 2018). He spent over ten years working as a primary school teacher but now his fills his week with writing, and visits to schools, libraries and festivals to deliver high-energy, fun-filled poetry performances and workshops.