We will have a creative writing workshop and poetry evening as well as the following top writers speaking to a variety of ages from 4-18 at the festival.
For our pupils and many others from Wiltshire and Hampshire based schools we have:
Wednesday 13 October - TRACEY CORDEROY
TRACEY CORDEROY worked as a teacher and became convinced that language, expressed through wonderful literature, was the key that stimulates learning and imagination. Now, a full-time writer living in a hidden valley, she has endless children’s books to her name and many series with wonderful titles, Sneaky Beak, Hubble Bubble, Shifty McGifty and Willow Valley. Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam have been a hugely successful series and Tracey is coming to talk to our younger audience about these books and her writing.
REC - YEAR 3 ONLY
Thursday 14 October - M. A. BENNETT
M.A. BENNETT has worked as an illustrator, actress and film reviewer as well as being the author of five hugely popular novels for teenagers. She is a history graduate of both Oxford and Venice universities, and has also studied art and designed tour visuals for bands including U2 and the Rolling Stones. She is coming to talk about T.I.G.E.R.S., the fourth in the S.T.A.G.S. bestselling murder mystery series. The first in the series won the pupils’ vote in the Salisbury Schools’ Book Award.
THIRD – FIFTH YEAR ONLY
Friday 15 October - ONJALI Q RAUF
ONJALI Q RAUF is the award-winning author of children’s stories, her first book was the much-lauded bestseller, The Boy at the Back of the Class. Told with compassion and humour, it is a child's perspective on the refugee crisis, highlighting the importance of friendship and kindness in a world that doesn't always make sense. The Night Bus Hero is her latest story, told from the perspective of a bully, it explores the potential everyone has to change for the good.
YEARS 4, 5, 6, FIRST & SECOND YEAR ONLY
Friday 15 October - KATIE GREENALL
Katie Greenall comes to talk to the Sixth Form about her career as a writer and performer. She works with Young People and Communities all over London, including at The Old Vic, National Youth Theatre of GB and the National Theatre. For the last few years, Katie has been performing her award-winning solo show FATTY FAT FAT. She has performed the show over 50 times, including at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Soho Theatre. Katie was long listed for Channel 4’s Screen Writing course and was a member of the Poetry Collective and a Resident Artist at the Roundhouse.