National Literacy Trust - Oakfield School Library

I was commissioned by the National Literacy Trust to photograph the opening of the brand new library at Oakfield Primary, St Mellons, Cardiff. Partnered with Chase Bank, the Trust has fitted out an old classroom into a brand new library, stuffed full of wonderful books to get the pupils inspired to take joy in the power of reading.

This shoot was right up my street, having grown up the son of teachers in a house stuffed full of books - and then carrying on that tradition with my own home.

Illustrator Jonny Duddle and local poet (and former Children's Laureate for Wales) Connor Allen were invited to the event and both held inspiring workshops for the pupils. The pupils all learned how to draw a dinosaur pirate with Jonny and created their own poems with Connor. My only issue is that I wanted to take part, but was busy shooting.

It was a joy to spend the afternoon with the wonderful pupils and staff of Oakfield Rd. What a great event, and a great new library! 

I turned around a selection of press and social media shots within a couple of hours of the event ending before submitting the rest of the photos the next day.