Celebrated childrens author and illustrator, Nick Sharatt, paid a visit to Maine Integrated Primary School in Randalstown this week to hold workshops with all of the schools’ 120 pupils as part of an initiative between BookTrust NI and Belfast International Airport.
Julian Costelloe, Principal at Maine IPS said, “We are so delighted to have an author of Nick's stature visit the school and work with the children. All of the children had a fantastic day and gained inspiration from seeing Nick in person and listening to him speak. For us anything that sparks their interest in reading and illustrations is a bonus and Nick's visit has certainly done that!"
Liz Canning, Head of BookTrust Northern Ireland said: “The pupils (and teachers) all had a brilliant day reading and drawing along with Nick. There were plenty of laughs and the students came away filled with a renewed energy and appreciation for reading and illustration, which for us, is exactly what we’d hoped to achieve.”
The event came about from an idea sparked by one of the airports fire crew commanders, Chris Graffin, who is also a parent at the school.
Jaclyn Coulter Head of HR at Belfast International Airport said, “Working with our local schools is key part of our corporate responsibility strategy and as a business we are thrilled to be partnering with the BookTrust to facilitate this inspirational day.”
Nick Sharatt also found the time to squeeze in a visit the airports WHSmith outlet to create some illustrations for local travellers and staff
Nick Sharratt, said, “I’ve always enjoyed my visits to Northern Ireland, working with BookTrust, and I have thoroughly enjoyed my day of workshops at Maine IPS and Belfast International Airport. We celebrated books and reading and there was plenty of drawing too, with some terrific illustrations from everyone, including the teachers!”
BookTrust NI and Belfast International Airport are working in partnership to promote reading skills within local schools with more events planned over the coming months.