Cheltenham Literature Festival unveils schools programme

News - Festivals Wednesday, 06 June 2018

Featured authors include Anthony Horowitz, Andy Stanton and Sarah Crossan

The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival has revealed its 2018 Literature for Schools programme. Over 9,000 students are expected at the UK's oldest literary festival from 5-14 October, in which the schools programme includes live events, workshops, storytelling and professional development.

Along with Antony Horowitz, Andy Stanton and Ireland's new children's laureate Sarah Crossan (pictured), there will be talks from Pamela Buchart, Julian Clary, Steve Cole, Phil Earle, MG Leonard, Nadia Shireen and Adam Stower. Young writers can develop their skills with creative workshops from Emma Carroll, Lucy Christopher, Christopher Edge, Maz Evans, Alex Wheatle and many more. Students will also have the chance to perform with the spoken word show Tongue Fu, through poetry, song, story and music.

To celebrate 200 years of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, artwork from local schools will be exhibited across town in the festival's Monster Trail, and students will go head to head in the Monster of All Monster Books panel discussion to declare the winning monstrous novel.

Participants in the festival's pioneering year-round creative writing projects will be recognised at the Young Writers Showcase, with performances from students taking part in Beyond Words with Gloucestershire Hospital Education Service; First Story with Severn Vale School; and Words That Burn with Amnesty International.

On Friday 29 June, 850 children and teachers taking part in the festival's flagship Reading Teachers = Reading Pupils programme will gather in Cheltenham's Everyman Theatre to meet two authors whose books they have read during the year. Emma Carroll (From The Lighthouse) and Kieran Larwood (Podkin One-Ear) will read extracts from their books and hear students reading their own work inspired by the authors.

Ali Mawle, education director for Literature at Cheltenham Festivals, said: "We are thrilled to present this year's incredible line-up for schools that is celebrating the written word in all its forms. By bringing the best novelists, poets, illustrators and performers to Cheltenham, we aim to inspire both new readers and bookworms, nurture aspiring writers, and celebrate the impact of our year-round engagement with schools."

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