Organisers of the IW story festival have been out and about visiting Island primary schools over the past few weeks donating books to school libraries.

All the books donated, featured at this year’s IW Story Festival, which took place online, during February half term, attracting some 2,800 views, not just from the Island but from as far afield as Glasgow, Trinidad, the Netherlands, and the USA!

IW Story Festival Director, Elspeth Giddens, said:

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“Although our February festival is very much our focus, we are keen to get involved in activities throughout the year and make the most of opportunities to share stories and raise awareness of the Festival.

“We are particularly keen to forge relationships with local schools and plan to introduce a Schools’ Programme as part of next year’s festival.”

Fellow organiser, Sue Bailey, added:

“It was great fun going into schools after such a long break and introducing the children to these wonderful books.”

The donation includes books by the IW Story Festival’s Patron, Nicholas Allen; former CBeebies presenter and disability rights activist, Cerrie Burnell; award-winning authors Tom Palmer and the Island’s own Kieran Larwood; debut children’s novelist Eve McDonnell; author and NHS doctor Roopa Farooki and local author Peta Rainford, all of whom appeared at this year’s Festival.

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If you missed the IW Story Festival this year, you can still catch some of the sessions on the Festival’s YouTube Channel More information about the IW Festival is available at

Island Echo