Pupils Shine at National Reading Competition

Welsh Books Council

Pupils Shine at National Reading Competition - 15 June 2017

The national round, held recently at  Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon, saw pupils from primary schools throughout Wales competing for the national championship. Their task was to impress the judges in two rounds, namely a 10-minute discussion and an 8-minute dramatic presentation based on their chosen books. At the end of an exciting day, Stebonheath Primary School, Llanelli, were crowned the overall BookSlam champions, having impressed the discussion judge with their knowledge of  The Darkest of Days  by Gareth F. Williams.

In the presentation round they performed their own interpretation of  The Valley of Whispers  by Karla Brading. During the day's activities, children and teachers also enjoyed a fantastic presentation by author Eloise Williams. The adjudicators this year were Lowri Haf Cooke for the discussions and Eleri Twynog for the presentations. Helen Jones, Head of the Children's Books and Reading Promotion Department, said:

"The aim of BookSlam is to get children from all over Wales reading. By discussing and performing what they have read, the pupils gain a deeper understanding of some of the wonderful children’s books we have here in Wales. It was a great pleasure to see the youngsters brimming with enthusiasm during the national round of BookSlam, and our thanks go to the dedicated and hard-working county organisers, teachers and other supporters that make these events possible."

The 2017 runners-up were St Patrick's R. C. School, Cardiff and Pont Siôn Norton School, Rhondda Cynon Taf, came third, with pupils from Broad Haven School, Pembrokeshire, scooping the prize for best presentation. Thanks to the support of publishers, Gomer, Y Lolfa, Carreg Gwalch, Firefly and Rily, every child who took part in the competition was invited to choose a free book to take home as a memento of the day.

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