East Budleigh pupils impress at Exeter festival

PUBLISHED: 11:09 10 November 2010

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Drakes Primary School art project “enchants” Floella Benjamin at Children’s Literary Festival

Drakes Primary School pupils' paintings of their grandparents

PUPILS from Drakes Primary School, East Budleigh, impressed former TV Play School presenter Floella Benjamin with their paintings of grandparents for a project displayed at Exeter Children’s Literary Festival.

Called EXE-treme Imagination, Colaton Raleigh artist Alan Cotton, who launched the project and worked with the children last week to produce the exhibition, said: “Floella Benjamin (Chancellor of Exeter University) came on Friday night just to see the exhibition and was totally enchanted with it.”

Known to many as TV’s Play School presenter, Floella had asked Alan, as a friend, to work with the children, for the exhibition at the Northcott Theatre, which ended on Sunday.

She launched a new children’s book My Two Granddads at the festival and gave a children’s performance of readings and music on Saturday.

Michael Morpurgo with left to right Natalie Cotton, Lillian Bishop and Imogen Cotton at EXEtreme Imagination Children's Literary Festival

Alan said: “On Saturday I took 10 children to show them the exhibition and managed to get tickets for Michael Morpurgo’s talk. All the kids read his work.”

He described the festival as a “great success”, adding: “There were workshops and people walking round in costume. Floella and Michael are such inspirational people. This has to be repeated.”

Sadie Medway from the Devon Art Advisory Group joined Alan for the art project at Drakes.

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