Our aim of inspiring the readers and writers of the future marches on!
We already have the largest Literary Festival Outreach Programme of its kind and in 2019 even more schools are participating. During the week of 7th-11th October, a fleet of 26 top quality authors, poets and illustrators will visit a total of 47 schools and 4 libraries where they will deliver over 117 engaging events.
Feedback from last year was overwhelmingly glowing: schools felt inspired and privileged and the authors praised the welcome and hospitality they received. Claire Barker even nominated Kentisbury Primary School for the prestigious ‘Society of Authors Reading for Pleasure Award’ which was duly granted. Budget cuts in education mean that our charity’s work is ever more appreciated. This year we have been busy extending our fundraising so that costs to schools are kept manageable and even the smaller schools can be involved.
Our writing competition, sponsored by Bideford Bridge Rotary Club, continues to surprise us with the quality of entries. The writing, often a direct response to the author visit, was not only highly competent but also genuinely entertaining and moving.
Once again our thanks go to our sponsors especially Waterstones and local Rotary Clubs and to the many people who make this exceptional event possible. We look forward to a week of excitement, inspiration, challenging ideas and, of course, fun.
If you are a School and would like to take part in the Schools Festival then please contact us here.