People from as far away as Trinidad and Tobago, and the USA, tuned in to the Isle of Wight Story Festival's four-day programme.

The virtual festival included sessions from children’s writer and former CBeebies presenter, Cerrie Burnell; shadow puppet company Emergency Turtle; and the Island’s own award-winning children’s writer Kieran Larwood.

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Over the four days, the festival — which mixed pre-recorded and live-streamed YouTube sessions — attracted 2,853 views from 855 different devices.

But if you didn’t manage to catch it live, the good news is that all sessions will remain on the Isle of Wight Story Festival’s YouTube channel, at least until Sunday.

"So pleased"

“We are so pleased with the way it all came together,” said local author Peta Rainford, one of the event’s organisers.

“We hadn’t originally planned to do an online event, but we had to adapt to the circumstances.

"Thanks to our fabulous performers and wonderful audience, we still managed to create a festival vibe, with lots of people posting comments and asking questions during sessions and getting involved with the various crafts and writing activities.”

Isle of Wight County Press: Kieran Larwood, Isle of Wight author, will be taking part in the Isle of Wight Story Festival.

Kieran Larwood, Isle of Wight Story Festival

Anna Joy, commenting on Facebook, said: “Thank you so much to all involved in creating and producing the IW Story Festival.

"My daughter has loved learning how to draw pugs, unicorns and dolphins. Thank you for it.”

The organisers say they are looking forward to putting on a live ‘physical’ IW Story Festival in Newport during February half term 2022, but, in view of this year’s successful event, hope to incorporate an on-line element too, to enable a wider audience to enjoy the festival.

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Isle of Wight County Press: Emergency turtle, Isle of Wight Story Festival.