SWINDON YOUTH FESTIVAL OF LITERATURE…
The 11th Swindon Youth Festival of Literature took place in November, celebrating everything bookish!
The week kicked off to a fantastic start with 290 students from our partner primary schools making some noise for author Mark Lowery! A full on audience participation presentation set the tone for Tuesday and a mwahaha kind of morning with Dark Lord author Jamie Thomson and our Year 8 students. We learnt that whether it is writing computer games or books for young adults – character development is key. Old friend Ash Dickinson dazzled with his performance poetry and Year 7 gave him a run for his money, proudly standing in front of their peers presenting shadorma poems with enthusiasm, creativity and imagination. Frustrated musician with thwarted Glastonbury dreams, Jonathan Meres author of The World of Norm books put in a performance of a lifetime at The Wyvern to a packed house of 550 Year 7 students, including 50 of our own. His top tips – to make a book appeal to a YA audience – include normal, realistic situations, with a humorous twist that teenagers can relate to. The end of the week culminated in a victory for our Book Quiz team as they were crowned champions ahead of 10 other Swindon secondary schools.
To give him his full title, The Worshipful, The Mayor, Councillor Junab Ali presented awards to the winners of LitFest 2018 at a ceremony attended by over 150 proud parents, pupils, business supporters, librarians, head teachers and local MP Robert Buckland QC. Our victorious Book Quiz team received an impressive engraved shield, year 10 student Ayla was awarded a third place in the Poetry Competition and student librarian Jodie received a Library Ambassador Award. Bower & Bailey Solicitors supported the event and generously provided gift vouchers as prizes to all students.
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