Beckley’s BFG Leads the Hastings Storytelling Festival Parade!


October saw the annual Hastings Storytelling Festival taking place. Throughout the week, an extensive programme of activities took place, involving visiting authors, creative workshops and a big parade along Hastings seafront at the end of the week.

As always, Beckley School were very involved with this excellent festival. On Tuesday 19th October, our Key Stage 2 classes were fortunate to have a visit from internationally best-selling author, Thomas Taylor. He has written a series of children’s books, loosely based around Hastings and his most popular book ‘Malamander’ is being turned into a major Hollywood film in the next twelve months.

Thomas also illustrated the original cover for the first J K Rowling’s first book in the Harry Potter series, ‘Harry Potter  and the Philosopher’s Stone’. It was a fascinating opportunity for our older pupils to gain an insight into the process that an author goes through when writing a book, and it certainly inspired many of the children!


The school also took part in the Festival Parade at the end of the week, where local schools were asked to make a model or a piece of art work based upon a favourite character from a Roald Dahl book. Our amazing Acorns staff made the most wonderful model of Roald Dahl’s Big Friendly Giant – the BFG. We were asked to lead the parade, wheeling our BFG all along the parade route, with our pupils carrying the BFG’s favourite ‘food’ – snozcumbers! It was a wonderful end to the festival and the Beckley pupils, parents and staff attending all had a great time!