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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 is open to KS3 students in Gloucestershire as part of our year-round Education and Outreach programme in 2021. This year we are inviting digital entries to the competition. Win prizes for your school including free tickets to our Read the World Cheltenham Literature Festival event!

Literature has the power to transport us to places we have never been and open our minds to new perspectives. After a year of staying close to home, books are even more important in giving us the chance to explore the world beyond our own communities.

Students will read novels from our longlist (or select their own), choose a title they would like to champion as the book that takes them on the most interesting and inspiring literary journey and make a short film to persuades our judges that this book is the best at transporting the reader to another place.

If your school would like to take part, click on the links below to register and to find out more.

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

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Further Information

Download the Reading List

Consent Form To be completed by all participating students