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Christmas comes early for academy trust with Matt Haig visit

Bright Futures Educational Trust welcomed award-winning author Matt Haig for a day of festivities

Posted by Lucinda Reid | November 29, 2017 | Events

Primary school pupils from Bright Futures Educational Trust have enjoyed a day of festive literature and play, thanks to a visit from best-selling author Matt Haig.

180 students from the three schools - Marton in Blackpool and Stanley Grove and Rushbrook in Manchester - met the multi-award winning writer at the Trust’s Altrincham Girls’ Grammar School. Matt read from his books Father Christmas and Me, A Boy Called Christmas and The Girl Who Saved Christmas. The children watched film clips, took part in Christmas role-plays and were able to get their books signed before asking questions about being a writer.

 Huzaira, a year 5 student from Stanley Grove, said, “The visit was really exciting. I really enjoyed trying to work out who the characters were. I can't wait to read Father Christmas and Me.”

“This was a delightful visit for the children,” said Mrs Bolton, Reading Lead at Stanley Grove. “We are always looking for ways to bring reading to life and to have such a recognised author come to entertain everyone was great. The children had a wonderful time meeting Matt. It was a very entertaining session and they are now desperate to read his books.”

Matt’s visit was organised by Waterstones of Deansgate, Manchester, to help promote his latest children’s book, Father Christmas and Me. His first children’s book, Shadow Forest, won the Nestle/Smarties Prize, the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award and eight regional awards. He has written several successful books for adults, which are currently being developed into screenplays.

“This was an inspiring visit for our Trust primary academies,” said BFET CEO Dr John Stephens. We love firing the imaginations of our pupils and visits from successful authors really help encourage a passion for reading.”

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