Category Archives: Litfest

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.

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.

Author Visit – Andy Briggs

Andy Briggs, author, screenwriter and producer, visited Thornden School yesterday.


To start the morning, Andy  talked to all Year 7 pupils in Thornden Hall and were joined by a group of pupils from Hamble School.

Andy started by saying how important writing is.  Writers don’t just write books but write films, adverts, song lyrics, TV programmes (even all the stunts on Top Gear are scripted).  Andy talked about the different books he’s written – from graphic novels, the books and his Tarzan series.  He then talked about his new book Inventory and how he came up with the idea for it. 


The session ended with pupils having the opportunity to buy one of Andy’s books and getting it signed.


Andy then ran a workshop with 20 lucky Year 7 pupils.

After lunch Andy gave a repeat performance of his talk, this time to all Year 6 pupils as part of their Intake Day.


Wessex Schools Literary Festival

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This year’s festival starts next Monday, 27th June 2016 and runs until Friday, 8th July 2016.

Events at Thornden start with an art day for members of Mr. Cast’s art club.  They will attend a workshop given by local artist and cartoonist Simon Chadwick as well as a papercraft workshop (upcycling books) run by Miss Pothecary.

Performance poet Adisa will be visiting on Friday, 1st July 2016 and will run workshops with groups of pupils from Years 7, 8 and 9.Adisa

Author and screenwriter Andy Briggs will be visiting on Tuesday, 5th July 2016 when he will talk to all year 7 pupils in the morning and then to Y6 pupils in the afternoon as part of their New Intake Day.  Copies of Andy’s books are available to borrow from the Library.  His books can be purchased on the day (or pre-ordered) and Andy will be signing books.Andy-Briggs

‘Get Caught Reading’ will take place during the second week of the Festival.  Any pupil ‘caught’ reading by a member of staff will be given a raffle ticket which can then be entered into a prize draw.

During the fortnight there will be various other activities that pupils can take part in.  These include a daily tutor time quiz, a lunchtime quiz, opening line competition in the daily bulletin, golden ticket hunt and bake off.

You can follow the Festival on Twitter and Facebook @wessexlitfest


Wessex Schools Literary Festival 2016

logo 2016This years Wessex Schools Literary Festival is almost upon us.

It will run from 27th June to 8th July.

This week the winner of the logo competition was announced.

Romsey School won, but Finn Cobb 8AG was highly commended and even though his logo won’t appear on the programme it will be used throughout the festival on literature and notices. He received chocolate as a prize for his efforts.

We will welcome performance poet Adisa and author Andy Briggs during the fortnight and have many other activities planned. Watch the blog for more information.Finn Cobb LogoFinn’s logo

Wessex Schools Literary Festival 2016 – Logo Competition


27th June – 8th July 2016

 Design a Logo Competition

Pupils are invited to design a logo for this year’s festival. The winning logo will be used on the publicity material and programme by all the participating schools.

Entries to be no larger than A4 and should be given or sent electronically to the library.

Closing date for entries is Monday, 25th April 2016

There is a prize for the winner – vouchers of your choice

 The logo should reflect the event – the festival is all about books, reading and writing. This was last year’s winning entry.


Kev Sutherland – Comic Book Artist

Enhanced logoOn Wednesday 1st July, Thornden Art Department welcomed Kev Sutherland to deliver his Comic Book Masterclass. Kev has drawn for the Beano, working on such iconic comic strips as Dennis the Menace, The Bash street Kids and Roger the Dodger. He has also drawn for Marvel comics and contributed to the Dr Who comic.KEV SUTHERLAND

During the day, pupils from Mr Cast’s Art Club ended up with  a comic book they helped to create and a caricature of themselves that Kev had drawn.R Cast - front cover 2015

They had a thoroughly enjoyable and creative day. We hope to welcome Kev back in the future

Poetry Slam Competition

DSCF2832DSCF2836Enhanced logoDuring the evening of 25th,  June three pupils from Thornden took part in the final of this years Wessex Schools Poetry Slam Competition at The Romsey School.  Even though Jess,  James and Josh  didn’t win, their poems were highly commended and they thoroughly enjoyed the experience. There were some impressive performances from the other pupils taking part and the well deserved winner was from The Romsey School, again!

DSCF2848Guest poets also performed, during a very enjoyable evening.