A GROUP of students at Richmond School and Sixth Form College have pooled their creative talents to help spread the word about the Richmond Walking and Book Festival.

Building on the fantastic posters that the school’s media students produced for the 2021 festival, the designs for this year’s event have been hand drawn and the results are stunning.

The designs of eight students have been selected as promotional posters which will be displayed across the local community to publicise the wide range of events in the Festival’s programme.

The students’ designs encompass some beautiful illustrations including local landmarks which really set the scene.

As well as supporting the Festival with the visual element of their marketing, three students in Years 9 and 11 have written previews about some of the Book events to provide more background about the authors and their work to encourage more people to attend.

They are previewing: The Bee Keeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri, Tutankhamun’s Trumpet by Toby Wilkinson and Following Nellie Bly by Rosemary Brown.

Barbara Gravenor, chair of the festival, said: “We are delighted to be working with the Richmond School students for a second year and we have been blown away by the standard of their artwork, which is not only eye-catching but really reflects the ethos of the Festival.

“The previews will be perfect for sharing more information about the events and the students have been invited to attend the talks so they can then do a review as a follow up. We are most appreciative to these talented young people for their support.”

The festival includes 28 walks varying in length and difficulty around Richmondshire and the Dales, with 21 speakers and authors to listen to, as well as two events for children taking place on Saturday afternoons in Richmond and Catterick Libraries.

The committed team of volunteers continue to work incredibly hard behind the scenes to ensure the smooth running of the festival. As a charity, the festival relies on volunteers and would love to hear from anyone who would like to join its Friends Scheme – you can find out more on becoming a Friend of the Festival at www.booksandboots.org/Support-Us/Friends

Tickets, programme details and online booking at www.booksandboots.org. Tickets can also be purchased from Richmond Information Centre in the Market Hall in Richmond and at Georgian Theatre for events taking place there.

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