Event: The BookMark's Inaugural Literary Day

Saturday, 2 May 2009

Saturday 17 January 2009
The BookMark

Deborah Lukic warms up the crowd

The BookMark's inaugural Literary Day, proudly sponsored by the British School of Beijing, opened on Saturday 17th to an excited crowd at Smallville Cafe in Shunyi.

What a fabulous morning!

Storyteller Tanya Williamson does her thing with the kids

After a wonderful morning of kids stories and songs with Tanya Williamson and a reading of Riley and the Sleeping Dragon with Tania McCartney, we welcomed students from the British School of Beijing, who read some incredible peace poems and other works.

Tania McCartney read Riley and the Sleeping Dragon and exerpts from
Beijing Tai Tai - to a warm crowd response

After moving and thought-provoking readings from teens Chenyce Sim and Jorge Zarate...


...we were thrilled to welcome acclaimed author and journalist, Lijia Zhang, who read from her memoir Socialism is Great! We were so excited to listen to only a small part of Lijia's amazing tale.

Lijia Zhang reads from Socialism is Great!

After lunch, Chris Verrill from the Beijing Playhouse regaled us with a moving chapter from his book  Is For Good Men to Do Nothing.

Chris takes us on a journey to Afghanistan

The kids from BSB with teacher Dawn Ross and marketing manager Richard Giddings

Beijing's own Mr Magic then performed to a delighted bunch of kids (and adults! this man is hilarious!) and talked about his prolific range of children's books.

Mr Magic has us in stitches 

The fabulous BookMark owners - Deborah Lukic (left) and Amanda Powell Castillo with Lijia Zhang and Tania McCartney (right)

Thank you to everyone who came along and shared in this warm and wonderful wordy event.

See you at The BookMark Literary Day
next March 2010!

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