Monday, 23 March 2015

Say Goodbye to Brilliant Books at Seely...With April Towers

Music week, this week, and everyone let their hair down. The books are read, the stories are written. 

Now, let the music begin.

April Towers are an up and coming Nottingham electro-pop duo who have recently played to 2000 people in London and have had their new single featured on Radio 1.

The Towers were introduced to Brilliant Books by big friend of the project, music journalist Dom Gourlay

I was surprised at the pupil's wide range of music interests During the question and answer session, we discovered that a) there was someone into death metal and b)no-one was interested in One Direction!

Dom went for non-fiction as his reading choice, reading from the biography  of  his favourite band, the Manic Street Preachers.

And afterwards, Phil treated us to a couple of songs from his days as the lead singer with local pop bands such as New Apostles, Strangefriend, Aardvark and Submarine. 

Here's everyone's favourite, Boomerang, which had all the kids singing along.

Finally, the kids queued up to read from their  short stories, which will be compiled into the Scribes of Seely Anthology II in early May.

A page, with a parade of all the children reading, is being prepared as we speak. 

These are the future. If the kids stop reading, then books, wonderful, magnificent, brilliant books, will eventually die out and that would be a cause for great sadness. 

And who knows - some of  these children may well become writers.

But in the meantime, children are children and here's my favourite fun activity of the whole term, thanks to Valentine, the Masai poet and her incredible native "jumpers".

So, after sixteen weeks, it's time to say goodbye to Seely Primary School. 

BB is a time limited, Lottery funded project to encourage kids to love books and reading and, like rolling stones, we'll be moving on to another school in Nottingham soon. 

Phil Pidluznyj, Shellie Eyre, all the hosts who gave up their time to contribute, and me, Mark Barry, would like to thank the staff, pupils and parents of Seely Primary School, particularly the brilliant Mrs Anona Morley, whose impression of the Duracell rabbit and her tireless enthusiasm motivated us all.

And thank YOU, Brilliant Books watchers, for helping this blog reach 10,000 views. Your support is appreciated.

But most of all, thank you to the children who made it such great fun for us all.

To reading and the love of books.

The Society of Goldenagers


  1. What a terrific session to end on!! Congratulations to all the team and the children, I have really enjoyed following the posts each week and I look forward to reading the short stories :-)

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