St Francis Sponsor David Walliams Event at Marlborough Litfest
David Walliams was ‘inspiring’, ‘very funny’ and ‘lots of fun’ at this year’s Marlborough Literature Festival. That’s what St Francis pupils said after spending Sunday afternoon in the company of comedian and best-selling author at Marlborough College’s Memorial Hall.
Litfest tickets for David Walliams sold out almost immediately when they went on sale earlier this year. St Francis School is a proud supporter of The Marlborough Literature Festival and has sponsored children’s events at the festival for the past few years. There was great excitement when 20 lucky St Francis pupils were picked from a ballot to attend the talk with Headmaster, David Sibson and stay for a photograph with Mr Walliams afterwards. ‘David Walliams has definitely helped me think of ideas for stories’ – was what Year 6 pupil Anna said afterwards.
2018 marks ten years since the release of David Walliams’s first book, The Boy in the Dress. On Sunday, Walliams spoke to Sportsman and TV presenter Ade Adepitan about the inspirations and process behind his writing and provided the engaged audience with two excerpts from his material – the short story Windy Mindy and a passage from his novel Gangsta Granny, brought to life with enthusiastic and animated narration. At the end of the talk, Walliams was met by such burning questions from children in the audience as ‘Who has inspired you most?’ and ‘Do you prefer writing comedy scripts or children’s books?’; each question-asker was awarded with a signed box set and a huge round of applause. It was a wonderful and memorable afternoon.