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 more schools than ever took part. Over the five days, 120 events took place, with 25 fantastic children’s authors, poets and illustrators visiting 50 schools and 4 libraries across North Devon.
Feedback is overwhelmingly glowing: schools felt inspired and privileged and the authors praised the welcome and hospitality they received.
With budget cuts in education, it mean that our charity’s work is ever more appreciated; and last year we extended our fundraising so that costs to schools are kept manageable and smaller schools could 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.