Schools and Education Programme

'The trip was invaluable for staff and students alike as they got to experience an array of beautiful places that are so historically significant in the study of English at Key stages 3, 4 and 5.  The variety of experiences was most enriching and the fantastic support from the Stratford staff was an added bonus!  We definitely intend on working with your team next year!'

Broadway Academy Staff, Perry Barr, Birmingham July 2015 (School Trip organised by Stratford Literary Festival)

Schools' Week: 19th to 23rd March 2018

Download our 2018 programme here!

The Stratford Literary Festival provides an extensive selection of events and workshops for schools and young people throughout the area and we come to you!

  • Authors, illustrators and workshops for all age groups.
  • We visit your school so no need for transport and risk assessments.
  • Advance copy of the book sent to you FREE of charge to help you prepare.
  • Signed copies to buy, and we’ll supply a letter for parents.

Cost of Events:
(The Festival is a charity and honours the Society of Authors’ rate for events
plus authors’ travel and expenses.)
£5 per pupil for groups of 40 or fewer (min £200)
£4 per pupil for larger groups for up to 120 (Special rates for whole school or multiple year groups.)
Workshops: £10 per pupil (Min 22 participants.)

For 2017 our fantastic list of authors for our Schools' Week included:

  • Malorie Blackman
  • Sarah McIntyre (2017 Gueste Director)
  • Nick Butterworth
  • Caroline Lawrence
  • Jess French
  • Gareth P Jones
  • Tracey Corderoy
  • Elys Dolan
  • Isobel Lundie and Carolyn Scrace
  • Abi Elphinstone
  • Peter Worley
  • Christopher Edge
  • Gavin Puckett


Thanks for the Ernest Cook Trust for supporting our Sharing Stories Project in 2017. The Trust is one of the UK’s leading outdoor learning charities. Rooted in the conservation and management of the countryside, the Trust actively encourages children and young people to learn from the land



If you'd like your school to be involved and to book an event in 2018 please call 01789 470185 or email us here.

Our Annual Creative Writing Workshop in 2017
Each year we run creative writing workshops for young people. Our workshop authors in 2017 was Christopher Edge.


What they say about our events:

'Thank you for a fantastic workshop. Chris Edge was so inspiring, one of the best, and our students got so much out of their afternoon.'
Elizabeth Bremner-Smith, Alcester Grammar School

'Tanya Landman was brilliant. Staff and students really enjoyed the event.'
Sam Arshad, Higham Lane School, Nuneaton

'Thank you very much it's lovely that you involve the children so much.'
Parent, Year 2

'Our students have been really inspired, it was invaluable to their creative development.'
Alexandra Donnelly, Kingsley School

'Philip Ardagh’s visit gave me incredible inspiration and I have been able to apply his techniques to my own work.'
Esmee Year 6
'Korky Paul’s visit was the best visit ever. He painted 2 pictures for us which are fandabidosi and inspired us to create pictures of our own in his style,'
Elena age 9 and Charles age 7

'Shottery Primary has had the pleasure of participating in the Literary Festival for a number of years and eagerly awaits the programme of schools’ events. Pupils have delighted in seeing and hearing stories brought alive by their authors and illustrators been enthralled by the workshops which have inspired them to experiment with similar  techniques for themselves.'
Sarah Marshall
Shottery St Andrew’s CE Primary

'Having the opportunity to meet authors is both aspirational and inspirational. Kingsley girls, and pupils from other local schools who have joined us for our events, have benefited greatly from the experience. As a school we are delighted to support the Stratford Literary Festival.'
Heather Owens, Head Teacher
The Kingsley School


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