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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.

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


New Books in the Library

We have a lovely new selection of books in the library.


They include Celia Ahern’s first young adult novel ‘Flawed’. Award winning author, Michael Morpurgo’s new historical novel ‘An Eagle in the Snow’. ‘The Road Ever After’ by Moira Young, the author of the popular ‘Dustlands’ trilogy. Holly Bourne’s ‘What’s a Girl Gotta Do’ and Steve Backshall’s ‘Shark Seas’.


There is also a good selection of new non-fiction book on many subjects, Science, the Internet, the Environment, Warfare and Pets.

Come and borrow one for the Christmas holiday.

Wishing you all a very happy Christmas.

Year 8 Author Visit – Matt Dickinson

On Tuesday, 29th November 2016 we welcome Matt Dickinson to Thornden when he will talk to the whole of Year 8 in Thornden Hall.


Matt is a writer and film maker who has worked extensively for National Geographic Television, the Discovery Channel and the BBC, and has filmed on the summit of Mount Everest. His books include ‘The Death Zone’, an account of the ascent of Everest’s North Face as well as ‘The Everest Files’ and ‘Mortal Chaos’ series for teenagers.


There will be an opportunity to buy a copy of one of Matt’s books and get it signed, so pupils will need to bring money with them on the day.