ORGANISERS of the Isle of Wight Story Festival have been visiting Island primary schools over the past few weeks to donate books to their libraries.

All books donated were featured at this year’s festival, which took place online during February half term.

IW Story Festival director, Elspeth Giddens, said: “Although our February festival is very much our focus, we are keen to get involved in activities throughout the year, share stories and raise awareness of the festival.

“We are particularly keen to forge relationships with local schools and plan to introduce a schools programme as part of next year’s festival.”

Isle of Wight County Press: Sue Bailey donating books to Hunnyhill Primary School.Sue Bailey donating books to Hunnyhill Primary School.

The donation includes books by the IW Story Festival’s patron, Nicholas Allen; former CBeebies presenter and disability rights activist, Cerrie Burnell; award-winning authors Tom Palmer and Kieran Larwood, and local author Peta Rainford.

Storyteller and fellow organiser, Sue Bailey, added: “It was great fun going into schools after such a long break and introducing the children to these wonderful books,”

Some of the 2021 sessions are still available to view on the festival’s YouTube Channel.

More information about the IW Story Festival is available online at