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Past event

Kwame Alexander Performance

How did it go?

We are extremely pleased that our first live theatre show in almost two years was a resounding success! We were honoured to work with the extraordinary poet and writer Kwame Alexander, at the beautiful Theatre Royal in Newcastle. Over 770 children and their teachers from 10 local primary and secondary schools enjoyed a vibrant performance with lots of interaction and audience participation. Kwame started by giving a shout out to all the schools and then disclosing how he came to realise that he needed to use his words to empower himself and his community by writing poetry. The atmosphere was electric as Kwame recited chunks of his book The Crossover, and children were so excited to ask Kwame questions, for example - 'Who's your favourite poet?' (Langston Hughes, Pablo Neruda) and 'what's your favourite colour?' (black), and 'how many books have you written?' (37, with seven more on their way).

The Children's Bookshow has acquired funding to give every child attending a performance this year a free book, and it was so joyful to see each child clutching a copy of The Crossover graphic novel to take home and keep. One child was overheard saying 'this is my pride and joy!' as she held aloft her book in her hands like a precious jewel!

Val Bloom workshop in Newcastle

Valerie Bloom ran poetry workshops in Primary schools in Newcastle encouraging children to play with the language and structure of poems and helping them to write their own!

What people said:

Valerie was fantastic!

Welbeck Academy, Newcastle

The children really enjoyed being able to ask Valerie Bloom further questions and gain a better understanding of how she writes her poems. They loved writing poems with her too."

Merridale Primary, Wolverhampton

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Every child attending this event will receive a **free** copy of *The Crossover* graphic novel cover

Every child attending this event will receive a free copy of The Crossover graphic novel

Theatre Royal, Newcastle, NE1 6BR
Friday 24th September
10:30 am
Approx. 1 hour
Age range:
Years 5 and 6

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Kwame Alexander

Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator and New York Times bestselling author, who has won numerous awards including the Newbery Medal for the most distinguished contribution to American Literature for children.

Praise for The Undefeated

Alexander's magnificent anthem to the courage and genius of black Americans is paired with stunning portraits by Nelson

Publishers Weekly, Best Children’s and YA Books of 2019

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