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Battle of the Books

Cheltenham Festivals invites schools to inspire reading for pleasure with our Battle of the Books reading challenge.

Each year, Gloucestershire secondary schools take part in a Battle of the Books event at The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Battle of the Books: Read the World was open to KS3 students in Gloucestershire as part of our year-round Education and Outreach programme in 2021. Students read novels from our longlist or selected their own, chose a title they would like to champion as the book that takes them on the most interesting and inspiring literary journey and made a short film to persuade our judges that their book was the best at transporting the reader to another place.

The winning entry came from Churchdown School Academy, with runners up from Cleeve School and Severn Vale School.

This initiative represents a partnership between Cheltenham Festivals and Gloucestershire Library Services for Education.

The winning entry
Churchdown School Academy

The runners up
Severn Vale School
Cleeve School