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The Bookfest Remembers Concert, Allington Theatre, Shrewsbury School

The Shrewsbury Bookfest, now in its sixteenth year, brings the world of books and poetry alive for children in Shropshire.  Bookfest Remembers, an evening of readings and music, commemorated the sacrifice made by soldiers of the First World War and celebrated its literary legacy.  Shropshire composer Caz Besterman had, to great effect, set several poems to music, which were performed individually by Emma Brotherton (Cruckton School), Harry Fradley (Ellesemere College), and Ben Higgins  (Shrewsbury School).  The Abraham Darby Academy Showband, the Bookfest Choir, The Shawbury Wives Choir and the Shropshire Youth Wind Orchestra provided more music and there were more poetry readings from young Army Cadets.  The evening finished with Oliver Turner’s (Shrewsbury Sixth Form College)  brilliant reading of Wilfred Owen’s Strange Meeting followed by The Last Post played by Colour Sergeant Ryan Wood.   The concert is to be broadcast on BBC Radio Shropshire on Christmas Day.   A big thank you to festival organiser Caroline Thewles for inviting me to this wonderful event.