The Big Book Swap Picnic goes international at Hanley Park


International volunteers read a short story in their own language to a Stoke-on-Trent audience.

German, Farsi and Welsh speakers read Silly Suzy Goose on the bandstand in Hanley Park.

Organiser Penny Vincent said: “We chose the book Silly Suzy Goose because Staffordshire University and the Sentinel are collaborating to give every school child in reception and year one a copy of the book.

“It just seems like a great story and nice theme and that meant that we could have costume making and craft activities on that theme as well as people reading the story out in many languages.”

The Big Book Swap Picnic is one of many events celebrating The Big Read in Stoke this summer, where people across the city are encouraged to get involved with literacy activities.

Stoke-on-Trent Libraries donated second hand books that were exchanged at the Swap Stall and there is more to come soon for the Wee Free Library Boxes.

Adult and Community Learning and Family Learning, Creative Learning and Wavemaker run free games, costume making and crafts.

This is the last event of the main 2016 programme but Staffs Fringe has become an annual community festival based in the University Quarter that celebrates the diverse range of talent in North Staffordshire.

The whole community has been invited to write a recipe using ingredients for an edible walk to launch the Green Route in September.

The project, developed by the University Quarter Community Action Network Environment Task Group is looking for funding for more planters.

There are a number of community activities and events. Details can be found on the University Quarter facebook and twitter or at Staffs Fringe facebook and twitter.

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