Our Schools Programme

Nurturing future bookworms

Inspiring a love of the written word and stimulating children’s creativity is at the heart of our charity’s objectives. Our Schools Programme is now the largest outreach programme of any UK Book Festival and this year we are back with another week of author events. Despite schools’ budgets being tighter than ever before, forty North Devon schools and three libraries will receive one of ninety author events during 1st – 5th October.

Our 19 nationally and internationally renowned children’s authors will be whisked through Devon’s country lanes by a team of volunteers to challenge and inspire readers and writers of the future. From toddlers to teenagers, children will be engaged in discussions, talks, writing and creative workshops, singalongs and book signings.

None of this would happen without the voluntary hard work and dedication from Pat Glover, Pat Hadley-Smith, Marilyn Young and Judi Unwin who plan and deliver this programme with the support of a team of voluntary stewards who accompany our visiting authors to the various venues, ensuring that they don’t get lost in Devon’s winding lanes.

Our thanks also go to Waterstones for sponsoring the Schools Programme, to Bideford Rotary Club for enabling smaller schools to participate, to Bideford Bridge Rotary Club for providing the prizes for our Young Writers’ Competition and to Jan and Phil at The Seagate for hosting our authors.

If you are a School and would like to take part in the Schools Festival then please contact us here.