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Now in it's 7th year, the Swindon Youth Festival of Literature will be running from the 10th to 14th November 2014. The Festival, which celebrates Reading, Writing and Creativity, is a collaborative project co-ordinated by the Librarians of the 11 Secondary Schools across Swindon. Throughout the festival week, students will have the opportunity to work with Authors, Poets and Illustrators who will visit schools for readings, performances and workshops.

In 2014 we welcome the following Authors, Poets and Illustrators to Swindon :

  • Sam Angus
  • Andy Cope
  • Pete Johnson
  • A G Smith
  • Fred Blunt
  • Ash Dickinson
  • Simon Mayo
  • Ali Sparkes
  • Anna Conomos
  • Phil Earle
  • Bali Rai
  • Jeff Norton
  • Jeremy Strong & Rebecca Hetherington
  • Julia Golding
  • Bali Rai
  • The Two Steves

and Swindon's Secondary Schools Patron of Reading and Writing, Joffre White

The Headline event of the week will take place on Wednesday 12th November at the Wyvern Theatre, Swindon. Swindon students are invited to participate in an explosive adventure with Broadcaster and Children's author Simon Mayo. Simon's series based on the exploits of a boy called Itch who discovers a new scientific element, has been an instant hit with youngsters. With the third title in the series about to be published, our students are primed for a gripping session.

During the week, Performance Poet Ash Dickinson will visit each of the 11 Secondary Schools to perform his poetry to all Year 7 students and encourage the students 'inner poet' to create lines of prose. Illustrator and Graphic Artist Fred Blunt will host a series of Illustration Workshops for Art and Design students in our Secondary schools. The completed art work from the workshops will be submitted to the cross school activities to be judged by Fred.

Secondary schools will also host transition events featuring the best in KS2 authors and writers for their feeder primary school children in years 5 and 6. These sessions incorporate even more of Swindon's student population into the exciting world of Reading, Writing and Creativity supported and celebrated by the Swindon Youth Festival of Literature.

In addition, the Festival programme includes a range of Cross School Activities, created by the Librarians to contribute to the week-long celebration in November. Activities taking place or culminating during the festival week include:

Fastest Story in the West — Collaborative speed-writing story event.
Quiz — Inter school Book Quiz.
Illustration Competition — Creation of illustrations from a section of the Carnegie shortlisted title "Rooftoppers" by Katherine Rundell.
Creative Writing Competition — 500 words inspired by an image.

Comments by authors who have previously participated in the Festival :

Quote from Charlie Higson

Quote from Patrick Ness

Quote from Darren Shan

Quote from Bali Rai


For more information contact :
Fiona Hardcastle, Co-ordinator, Swindon Youth Festival of Literature
The Dorcan Academy, St Pauls Drive, Covingham, Swindon, SN3 5DA
Tel : 01793 525231 ext 144. Email : fhardcastle@dorcan.swindon.sch.uk