Category Archives: Litfest

Wessex Schools Literary Festival 2018

The festival is over for another year and it has been a busy two weeks. Highlights of the fortnight were Book Sculpture – the excellent creations were displayed and much admired on Open Evening. The day with Helen Dennis – the award winning author of the the ‘River of Ink’ series – was very successful. Her engaging presentation kept both year 7 and the visiting year 6 entertained. Book sales were very impressive and proved the power of seeing a real live author. Yet again Sally Goodden held an amazing workshop in the Art Department.  The students work has been displayed in the library and much admired.  By clicking on the picture you can see all the work produced. There was frantic searching for Golden Tickets on the last day of the festival and the students efforts were rewarded  with new books.

It’s over for another year and we give our thanks and appreciation to all the staff and students who have taken part and made the festival possible.


Wessex Schools Literary Festival 2018

Only a couple of days left of this year’s festival.  On Thursday Helen Dennis will be talking to all Year 7 students as well as Year 6 students as part of their New Intake Day.

Friday is Golden Ticket Day.

Book sculpture and art workshops have produced some wonderful results.

Wessex Schools Literary Festival 2018

This years Wessex Schools Literary Festival is almost upon us.

It will run from 25th June to 6th July.

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

We will welcome author Helen Dennis 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.  Also follow us on Twitter @LibraryThornden and @WessexLitFest

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.