The staff and students at Lytchett Minster School are delighted to be welcoming some wonderful authors and illustrators to work with Years 7, 8 and 9 in the school’s five day celebration of literature. Months of intense planning and preparation by our librarian, Clair Bossons, have culminated in the school’s inaugural Literature Festival.
The festival promises to have something for everyone as it offers a wide programme of exciting experiences aimed at enhancing the life-long passion for reading and writing. Opportunities include: creative writing collaborations for students of all abilities; art illustration workshops; reading motivator shows; student-led interviews for the school magazine and some amazing presentations from six popular children’s authors. A wide range of authors and genres have been chosen to suit the many interests of the 800+ young people, who will meet Marcus Alexander, Bali Rai, Joffre White, Chris Priestley, Beverly Naidoo and Steve Skidmore during the five day feast of literature.
Visiting Taiwanese students will also have opportunity to experience the festival as part of their week long immersion into life at Lytchett. Furthermore, local primary and junior school pupils will join older students to enjoy events such as the very special “Power of the Pen” presentation from Beverley Naidoo and the wonderful adventures of fantasy characters from Steve Skidmore.
As if the excitement of the festival was not enough, on Monday, 2 July, the school will welcome a visit of one of the last Sea King helicopters to its grounds for added momentum to inspire creative writers across the school!
Headmaster Andrew Mead’s enthusiasm for the festival is clear: “Cultivating a love of reading in our young people is one of our greatest responsibilities, because we know how enriching and rewarding it can be. We are confident that these highly respected authors will inspire our students to further develop their passion for the written word. It promises to be a very exciting and enjoyable week.”