Press release: Award winning author visits St Helens

Award winning author visits St Helens

Award-winning children’s author Gareth P Jones paid a special visit to St Helens as part of a national reading programme supported by the St Helens Schools Library Service.

Known for his wacky approach to writing which has seen him win several awards, including Blue Peter Book of The Year, Gareth met a group of ‘Chatterbooks’ children who meet up in schools to talk about books they have selected to read.

St Helens Schools Library Service was selected to take part in the National Reading Agency’s Chatterbooks programme and supported the introduction of Chatterbooks Book Clubs, set up in 12 primary schools in St Helens.

Aimed at KS2 pupils, the book clubs help to develop a love of reading as children select books to read and talk about. Clubs meet weekly and children do related book activities. All the clubs have visited their local libraries during the programme.

The children were treated to a unique performance from Gareth in St Helens Central, Parr and Newton-le-Willows libraries as he read a selection of his popular books including Steampunk Pirates which was accompanied with a song performed on a ukulele.

St Helens Libraries Service Development Manager, Kathryn Boothroyd, said:

“It was a pleasure to welcome such a gifted and popular author like Gareth into our libraries.

“His different style of storytelling really captivated the audience and was enthusiastically received by the children.”

(See attached file: Gareth P Jones author children’s workshops Central library (3).jpg) In fine tune…. Gareth treats the audience to a story while playing the ukulele.

(See attached file: Gareth P Jones author children’s workshops Central library (9).jpg) Chatterbooks… Gareth with primary school children and St Helens Libraries Service Development Manager, Kathryn Boothroyd.