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300 pupils from schools across Salisbury attend Literary Festival

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Following on from the success of Kiran Millwood Hargrave’s talk, other pupils from Godolphin and schools across Salisbury were entertained and informed by a number of talented authors at the Godolphin Literary Festival.

Marion Molteno spoke to our Sixth Form and students from Bishop’s Wordsworth and Burgate about her books which have been inspired by her work with refugees and Save The Children both at home and in Africa and Asia.

Jennie Maizels is an award-winning illustrator well known for her stunning pop-up books and she met a thoroughly engaged audience in the Prep.  Godolphin’s own published author, Mrs Nicholls, gave a writing workshop in the library to children from Hanford, Forres Sandle Manor and Walhampton School, which inspired wonderful and imaginative story-telling.

The last event of the festival was a discussion about dystopian fiction; authors Moira Young and Sarah Govett have both set their series for teenagers in a hostile future with bold protagonists. The English Department’s Mrs Davies chaired the event expertly and encouraged a lively debate about literature and global warming with our Third, Fourth and Fifth Years and pupils from St Edmunds and Leehurst.

Davina Jones