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Wessex Schools Literary Festival 2018 – Logo Competition


Design a logo for this year’s Wessex Schools Literary Festival

Entries must be drawn by hand or on a computer but must be original work.  Your logo should reflect the themes of the Festival – reading and literature.

Prize of gift vouchers for the winner.  The winning logo will feature on the Festival programme and on the publicity in all the participating schools.

Entries should be handed in to the Library by Friday, 20th April 2018.

Some previous winners


Wessex Schools Literary Festival 2017

The first week of this years Festival is over and we have enjoyed a  wonderfully creative day with Sally Goodden in our Art department. The students drew and painted animals with impressive results.

Book Art was once again on the agenda. Students spent the day in the Textiles department and with great imagination and thought produced amazing art.

We also had a visit from horror writer Chris Priestley, who informed and inspired Year 9 in Thornden Hall.

Also, during the week, there was a quiz and author story time in the library.

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.