BAFTA Young Presenters at Cheltenham Literature Festival
At this year's The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival, we were joined by the winners of BAFTA's Young Presenters competition. Jeriah Kibusi, 11 and Maryam Drammeh, 16 recently won in their respective age categories and are just starting off a year-long programme of mentoring and interview opportunities. This competition is a key initiative from BAFTA for children and young people to highlight the country's budding creative talent.
Children's Programme Manager, Loraine Evans said: "It was an absolute joy to work with the team at BAFTA to give these two talented young people, Jeriah and Maryam, an opportunity to present their first live events and to meet so many of our brilliant authors. They did an amazing job and we wish them every success."
We were lucky enough to have them join us at Cheltenham Literature Festival for their first live gig as presenters. They spent a day introducing events around the Festival village, interviewing authors; including Greg Jenner and Mikey Please about the importance of creativity, imagination and storytelling, as well as filming around Montpellier Gardens.
Following the Festival, Maryam said: "We've had an amazing time. When Michael Morpurgo came and shook my hand at the end I actually had tears in my eyes. It was our first experience of the Festival and it was 10 out of 10."
Watch BAFTA's Young Presenters, Jeriah Kibusi and Maryam Drammeh explore Cheltenham Literature Festival