Introducing Literally’s teacher supporter Suzanne Hughes

Let me start by saying how excited I was to be involved with the start of Coventry’s literally festival and how delighted I am to be involved again this year. I am passionate about reading and always have been. As a child I remember loving my sister reading “The Tiger That came to Tea” and enjoying it every night! My taste has changed slightly, although as a y6 teacher, I still love children’s literature – particularly Anthony Horowitz and Michael Morpurgo, I now have become more interested in the classics, especially Jane Austen. 

As said earlier, I am a year 6 teacher, and an assistant head at a lovely Coventry school. I am extremely lucky to be in a position that I love my job, and never wake up dreading the challenges that lie ahead. The fact that I can combine my love for children’s literature with my work is truly an added bonus. In addition to reading, I love outdoor pursuits and unashamedly, will plug Dol Y Moch – for giving children (and teachers) in Coventry such a great opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors and take measured risks. I am also very lucky to have a beautiful 16 yr old son, and an inspiring sister with 3 beautiful sons in Coventry – which in my spare time, I love to spend time with!   

Suzanne Hughes

Assistant Head St Thomas More


Introducing Literally’s Coffee Tots

Coffee Tots is a drop-in cafe located in the City Arcade. Our vision is for Coffee Tots to provide a place of safety where parents/carers can come and relax with young children, meet others and receive additional support. It is our priority to encourage parents to play, read and engage with their children, helping to improve the parent/child relationship as well as the child’s development. We run craft and cooking activities, story and rhyme times, puppet shows and have out lots of toys to play with. We are keen to encourage children’s learning whilst they make friends and play. This is why here at Coffee Tots we are delighted to be taking part in Literally Coventry Book Festival. We hope that by having a visiting author to the cafe the families who visit might be inspired to explore reading. It will be nice for the children to hear a visitor read new stories with new characters and illustrations. This promises to be an exciting opportunity for them to enjoy using their imaginations and get a flair for books and reading. Hopefully the festival will also help to encourage parents to read for their own enjoyment and promote storytimes at home. 

We look forward to taking part.

Amy Corbould

Children and Family Worker