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Hundreds of pupils attend WORD Schools Festival

Hundreds of Primary and Secondary pupils will hit the University of Aberdeen campus this week for the WORD 08 Schools Festival, sponsored by Talisman Energy (UK) Limited.

Sheena Blackhall was mobbed by ethusiastic pupils from Seaton Primary at the start of the WORD Schools FestivalOver 820 book-loving youngsters have signed up for the sold-out series of events, which run from Tuesday, May 6 to Thursday, May 8.

Helping kick the Festival off today (Tuesday, May 6) is North-east legend Sheena Blackhall, who will entertain pupils from Barthol Chapel, Woodlands and Seaton Primary School with traditional stories poems and songs aboard the Reading Bus.

Over the three days she will be joined by:

Word spokesman Patrick McFall said: "The range of activities at this year's Schools Festival is fantastic, so it came as little surprise when the entire programme sold out within days of places being opened up to local schools.

"The Festival, and what it offers to local youngsters, free of charge every year, continues to be a real source of pride for the University. Campus promises to be absolutely buzzing over the next few days which is always great to see, and a wonderful taster for the main Festival which starts on Friday."

The Reading Bus saw a sing-song after stories on King's LawnWORD 08 will take place from May 9-11, 2008 in the grounds of the University of Aberdeen and at some of the major arts venues throughout The Granite City.

An expected 11,000 visitors will be treated to a packed weekend of readings, music, art exhibitions, and film screenings from around 50 authors, poets and artists.

Tickets are still available for a number of events and can be booked by contacting Aberdeen Box Office on 01224 641 122 or online at


Notes to Editors:

Issued by the Communications Team, Office of External Affairs, University of Aberdeen, King's College, Aberdeen. Tel: (01224) 272014.

Issued on: Tuesday 6th of May 2008

Ref: SchoolWord