This year’s Wessex Schools Literary Festival runs from Monday, 24th June to Friday, 5th July. Seven schools are taking part in this year’s festival with various inspiring authors, artists and speakers visiting the schools. Most of the schools are holding a film night, taking part in the Lit Quiz (for Year 7 pupils) for the Waterstones Cup, as well as running various competitions.
The authors visiting Thornden are Bali Rai and Julia Green. Bali is here on Wednesday, 26th June to talk to the whole of Year 9 as well as doing a workshop with a small group of reluctant readers.
Throughout the Festival there will be activities taking place such as Get Caught Reading. Pupils will be given a raffle ticket is they are seen reading by a teacher. These tickets can then be entered into a prize draw in the library. Another activity will be about the Opening Lines of Books and will be published in the Daily Bulletin.
Copies of the Festival Reads will be available to purchase during the fortnight. The books are The Soterion Mission by Stewart Ross and Tom Gates by Liz Pichon.
Two teams of year 7 pupils will be taking part in the inter-schools lit quiz on Wednesday, 3rd July at Romsey School. A small group of pupils are going to see the author Dan Freedman on Thursday, 27th June, also at Romsey School.