School Day

Caroline Lawrence, Howard Schwartz, Daniel Hahn, Leonie Flynn

26/02/2008 1:30 pm

JBW 2008’s School Day looked at ‘Storytelling Histories.’ We invited year 6 classes to sample some of the most exciting parts of the festival in a series of three specially designed sessions with some multi-talented and award-winning writers.

Caroline Lawrence, author of The Roman Mysteries spoke about the way she uncovers and brings to life stories from history, focusing on The Slave Girl Form Jerusalem; Storyteller and Folklorist Howard Schwartz told the story of The Bird of Happiness and other stories of Jerusalem; and Daniel Hahn and Leonie Flynn, editors of The Ultimate Book Guide told us the secret of what makes a good story.

Caroline Lawrence

Howard Schwartz

Howard Schwartz is a folklorist, storyteller and Professor of English at the University of Missouri- St. Louis. He is the editor of Tree of Souls: The Mythology of Judaism, Elijah’s Violin and Other Jewish Fairy Tales, Miriam’s Tambourine: Jewish Folktales from Around the World, Lilith’s Cave: Jewish Tales of the Supernatural and Gabriel’s Palace: Jewish Mystical Tales.

Daniel Hahn

Daniel Hahn is a writer, editor and translator. His translations include novels by José Eduardo Agualusa and José Luís Peixoto, and non-fiction ranging from Portuguese Nobel literature laureate José Saramago to Brazilian footballer Pelé. He has been a judge of The Independent Foreign Fiction Prize (a prize he won in 2007) and is currently chair of the Translators Association and interim director of the British Centre for Literary Translation.

Leonie Flynn