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The Swindon Youth Festival of Literature is set to return and this year organisers have promised it will be the biggest yet.
The event, in its sixth year, will see schoolchildren from all of the town’s secondary schools celebrate reading, writing and creativity.
On top of that, for the first time children from primary schools will also be getting in on the act.
The week-long event will see a variety of activities including performances by poets and workshops by illustrators.
Fiona Hardcastle, the learning centre manager at Dorcan Academy, said: “Everyone is really looking forward to this year’s festival. It is such a fantastic way of encouraging children to explore their creative sides and not just through reading.
“Books are so much more than just the words on a page and we will be celebrating that throughout the week.”
The festival will run from November 11 to 15 with events being held across the town. The headline event will take place on the last day at the Wyvern Theatre, when renowned children’s author Derek Landy will run an adventure based on his award-winning series Skulduggery Pleasant.
A series on transition events for children in Years 5 and 6 will also be held as a way of expanding the festival through the town.
It is hoped that the variety of entertainment on offer will help to broaden the horizons of the youngsters.
Fiona said: “One of the aims of the festival is to try to encourage children to read from a range of authors. Children can very often only chose one author to read from and this is a way of showing them what else is out there.”
Other guests include storytellers Annamation, who will perform their Tongue and Groove Show, and poet Ash Dickinson will be visiting all of the secondary schools throughout the week.
Joy Smith, head of English at Dorcan Academy, said: “The festival is a huge event for us as English teachers. Everything we say about reading and books is brought to life as authors meet with students”
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