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The Wessex Schools Literary Festival 2017

LogoThis years Wessex schools Literary Festival runs from 26th June to 7th July.

We will be hosting two authors – Lauren St John and Chris Lauren St JohnPriestley. Lauren has won many book awards, including the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award. She will be talking to Year 6 and Year 7 on 6th July. Her books will be available to buy. Chris will talk to Year 9 on 29th June and again his books will be available to buy. His Chris Priestleybooks are chilling and frightening.

Thornden Art department will be hosting local artist Sally Goodden on 29th June. Her expertise and talent will benefit a small group of budding artists.Sally Goodden1

Book Sculpture will take place with the help of Miss Pothecary on 26th June. Examples of which will be shown on Open Evening.

Other activities taking place during lunchtimes in the library will include – a Scavenger Hunt, a Quiz, Author Story Time, Book Trailers and a Saga Writing Competition. During the second week we will once again be encouraging students to ‘Get Caught Reading’ and on the last day students will get the opportunity to hunt for a Golden Ticket.

Students can come to the library for more information, observe the posters around the school and look for information in the daily bulletin.

Matt Dickinson on Everest

Author Matt Dickinson, who visited Thornden at the end of November, is back on Mount Everest!

He is filming the backdrop for his Everest Files play which will be premiered at the        Edinburgh Fringe in August.  His third Everest Files book ‘Killer Storm’ will also be launched in August at the Edinburgh Book Festival.

To find out more about Matt’s latest adventures on Everest read his blog at https://www.shrinebell.com/blogs/news/matt-dickinsons-2017-everest-broadcast

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Romantic Novel of the Year

Sophia Bennett’s young adult novel ‘Love Song’ has won Romantic Novel of the Year 2017.  It is only the second time in 57 years that a young adult novel has won the award, the other winner being ‘Storm and Stone’ by Joss Stirling.

‘Love Song’ is available to borrow from the library.

For more information about the award and the winners of other categories please go the website http://www.romanticnovelistsassociation.org/news/entry/sophia_bennetts_love_song_wins_the_goldsboro_books_romantic_novel_of_the_ye

 

Wessex Literary Festival 2017

This years Wessex Schools Literary Festival is almost upon us.

It will run from 26th June to 7th July.

The winner of the logo competition was a student from the Romsey School.

We will welcome authors Lauren St. John and Chris Priestley as well as local artist Sally Goodden during the fortnight.  There will be something happening in the library every lunchtime as well as other activities throughout the Festival.

Watch the blog for more information.

Hampshire Schools Library Service Literary Quiz Final

On the evening of 22nd March, our team of four, Alex Hanks 7MF, James Robinson 7MF, Lexie Rhys-Jones 9KF and Tamsin Hoult 9AG, took part in the final of this year’s Literary Quiz organised by the Hampshire Schools Library Service. Around thirty Hampshire Schools took part in the regional rounds of this event.

They did extremely well and were in the lead until half way when Henry Beaufort School played their joker and shot into the lead.   Our team finished fourth, however, there was only four marks between them and the winning Henry Beaufort team.

They will receive certificates and a new book, for a great achievement.

 

Hampshire Book Award 2017

The shortlist for this year’s Hampshire Book Award was announced yesterday. The criteria is that the book be in paperback, to have been published between August 2015 and July 2016 and be suitable for a year 8 pupil to read.

The year 8 student judges who will help decide the winner of this award, met with a librarian from the Schools Library Service and were shown the six shortlisted books.

The shortlisted books are:

The Bubble Boy by Stewart Foster

Island by Nicky Singer

My Name’s Not Friday by Jon Walter

Night Vision by Ella West

Railhead by Philip Reeve

River of Ink: Genesis by Helen Dennis

The judges will have until the beginning of July to read all six books and meetings will be arranged so that the books can be discussed. At the end of this period all the students will attend a discussion/voting event on 4th July 2017 where they will discuss the books with pupils from other schools taking part.  They will then be asked to vote for their favouite book and the overall winner will be announced.

The books will only be available for the judges to read at the moment but there is a selection of previous winners and shortlisted titles available in the library.

Chris Riddell, Children’s Laureate

Thornden Hall played host for Hampshire Schools Library Service ‘Meet the Author’ event on Tuesday, 7th March 2017.  Hampshire pupils, including some Thornden students, were extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to see author and illustrator Chris Riddell.

He produced an illustration for every school attending whilst pupils were arriving.  All pupils were given a card on which to ask Chris a question.  He then picked questions at random and answered them with illustrations.  Questions varied from ‘which of your characters would you like to be’ to ‘what is your favourite shop’!

Chris then spent over an hour signing books for pupils.

After a short break he was then interviewed by Charlotte, Shivani and Katie for BBC School Report Day, which takes place on Thursday, 16th March, before he headed off to Brighton for an interview with the BBC.