Schools and Education Programme

‘The Stratford Literary Festival has such a fun, fresh and creative approach to school events.’
Tracey Corderoy, Author

Schools' Week: 23rd to 27th March 2020

Download our 2019 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 2019 our fantastic list of authors for our Schools' Week included:

  • Jeanne Willis
  • Chae Strathie
  • Frank Cottrell-Boyce
  • Jo Cotterill
  • Michelle Robinson
  • James Carter
  • Smriti Prasadam-Halls
  • Sophia Bennett
  • Manjit Thapp
  • Tom Percival
  • Steve Camden
  • Nicola Davies
  • David Solomons
  • Laura James

Our Annual Creative Writing Workshop
Each year we run creative writing workshops for young people. Our workshop authors in 2019 were Steve Camden and Sophia Bennett.

If you'd like your school to be involved and to book an event in 2020 please call 01789 470185 or email us here.

What they say about our events:

‘I would like to share with you how successful the author visits were! In a nutshell, they were truly inspirational and all our pupils had an amazing, fun-filled and engaging session! The engagement was palpable and our staff were so impressed by how the authors connected to their audiences. Truly magical’
Suzanne Holmes, The Kingsley School

'Thank you for coming to school with Frank Cottrell-Boyce. It was brilliant. The children were still talking about it during the afternoon and we couldn't get them to put their books down!'
Nicki Campbell, Wellesbourne Primary School

'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