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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 at The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Battle of the Books: Read the World will be open to KS3 students in Gloucestershire as part of our year-round Education and Outreach programme in 2021.

Literature has the power to transport us to places we have never been and open our minds to new perspectives. Particularly in the current situation, books are a way to explore the world beyond our own homes and communities.

Your students will read novels from our longlist (or select their own) and choose the three titles they are prepared to champion as the book that takes them on the most interesting and inspiring literary journey.

If your school would like to take part, registration will be available next year – come back soon or look out for our e-newsletters for further details. 

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