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Our Festival celebrates reading, writing and creativity and is a collaborative project, co-ordinated by the Librarians of eleven secondary schools across Swindon. Throughout the festival week, students work with authors, poets, illustrators and storytellers who visit schools for performances and workshops.

For our 2018 Festival, we are delighted to announce the following top names in literature:

2018 celebrates the 11th year of the Swindon Youth Festival of Literature (SYFL). From modest beginnings, this well respected annual event has grown year on year, nurtured by our passion for books and reading. We are proud to have attracted so many wonderful and diverse authors and performers and look forward to what 2018 will bring.

Each school will host workshops and interactive talks from their chosen authors throughout the week as scheduled overleaf. They will also host transition events featuring the best in KS2 authors and writers for students from their partner primary schools in Years 5 and/or 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.

Our headline event for all schools will take place at the Wyvern Theatre on Thursday 15th November with award winning comedy author Jonathan Meres. Jonathan is best known for his hilarious, best-selling series ‘World of Norm’ that currently has 12 books in the series and is the laugh-out-loud story about Norm, a boy who can’t understand why everything always seems unfair…

During the week, performance poet Ash Dickinson will return to Swindon to visit each of the eleven secondary schools to perform his poetry to all Year 7 students. Ash encourages everyone’s “inner poet” by supporting them to create their own rhymes and verse and this year to celebrate the creativity of our students even further we are introducing a Poetry Competition with the theme ‘Change’ which Ash will judge for us.

Our Inter-school Book Quiz finishes the week on Friday 16th November at The Swindon Academy with the fabulous Joffre White as our quizmaster. This is always a highly competitive event between the eleven schools. Last year’s winners, St Joseph’s Catholic College will be keen to retain the title in 2018 but who will challenge them to the trophy? It is all to play for!

The Festival programme also includes the following cross-school activities to contribute to the week-long celebration:

Creative Writing Competition – 500 words story inspired by an image.
Illustration Competition – Creation of illustrations from a section of text from the Carnegie 2018 winning title, Where the World Ends by Geraldine McCaughrean.
Poetry Competition - A poem based on this year’s National Poetry theme of Change.
Library Ambassadors Award - Each school will nominate a student who has contributed to the running of the LRC and the coordination of the SYFL.

The Swindon Youth Festival of Literature is funded by the Swindon Association of Secondary Heads (SASH). We are extremely grateful this year for the additional sponsorship of prizes by Arval, Bower and Bailey, Browns Books for Students and WH Smith.

“Such a great opportunity for students to meet and work with writers, poets and artists. Every town should have one!”
- Dave Cousins 2017

For more information contact :
Kate Murphy, Co-ordinator, Swindon Youth Festival of Literature
The Dorcan Academy, St Paul's Drive, Covingham, Swindon, SN3 5DA
Tel : 01793 525231 ext 144. Email : kmurphy@dorcan.co.uk

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