My Author Project

Part of the Festival's Schools Events is our My Author Project, which gives children the chance to adopt an author and explore the themes of their work thoroughly through drama, arts and creative writing over a month in February/March. Schools are invited to work with one year group or the whole school, giving everyone the opportunity to be involved, and the idea is to particularly engage children who are reluctant to read by bringing them to a love of books via a new route.

The author makes an initial visit to the school, and talks about their work. In 2017 our featured authors were Sarah McIntyre and Christopher Edge.

The children are then involved in three workshops in school during which they work around the themes of the author's book. We provide workshops with:

Escape Arts
Playbox Theatre
Creative Writing with a published author

The author then returns to look at what the children have achieved. The Project has run successfully for the last two years, and has been hugely rewarding for everyone involved.

Email us here if you would like your school to be involved.

What they say about our Schools' Projects...

'Thank you so much and all those involved from The Literary Festival. We had such a wonderful afternoon with yourself and Nick Butterworth today. When we first found out who the author visiting our school would be both the staff, children and their families were very excited. The project was a lovely opportunity for the children to collaborate in a family project and promote those essential writing skills we are busy trying to apply everyday. As a school we are working hard to raise the profile of reading amongst our pupils and families. We want our children to enjoy the opportunities and magic of sharing a book. This project really inspired our children to listen to stories then create their own characters and adventures. Although the children were shy during the afternoon to read their books, they have spent time sharing the books in class and many of our children have asked for a dedicated section in the school library for their own work so the timing of this project was perfect. Today watching the children intently listening to Nick bringing his stories to life through reading was an absolute joy. We will be able to further this project and we have also set a competition for our older children who didn't participate to become authors themselves. As a school we can continue to reflect and be inspired from today and we thank ever body for working so hard. On behalf of Bishopton Primary School, we thank you all very much!'
Sophie Carter, Literacy Coordinator

'Thank you again for inviting me to a great project. It was great fun and the results were absolutely brilliant from the children.' Gary Northfield, Author of Julius Zebra

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