Children reading in tent at Literature Festival for Schools

Literature for Schools 2021

Read the World with The Times and the Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Our Festival kicks off in September with on-line workshops, followed by the LIVE Festival October 8 to October 17 and a digital post Festival programme of event highlights, free on demand until 31 December.  

Whether your students are just beginning to love reading and creating their own tales, are committed readers or aspiring authors, or are considering a career in a related industry, our programme will open minds and inspire creativity.

Download a brochure to find out more

We can’t wait to welcome schools back to our Festival Village on Montpellier Gardens. Collect your class Passport and enjoy drop-in activities, the Atlas of Adventures Trail and free bookable craft and storytelling sessions, along with live events including the CliPPA poetry show and a host of inspiring authors, illustrators, poets and storytellers, including Raymond Antrobus, Valerie Bloom, Cressida Cowell, Frank Cottrell-Boyce, Kereen Getten, Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet, Liz Kessler, Manjeet Mann, Struan Murray, Onjali Rauf, Alex Wheatle and our guest curators, The Week Junior. 

Booking for our Literature for Schools programme opens at 8am on Monday 21 June 2021

Primary Schools Secondary Schools Home Educators

The Festival’s flagship education programme Reading Teachers = Reading Pupils has reached more than 15,500 pupils since its launch in 2016, and this year’s inaugural Conference will empower and equip teachers to bring books to life in the classroom with a host of authors and literacy experts contributing to an invaluable and unmissable day that will invigorate reading for pleasure.

Sign up for our first ever RTRP Conference on Tuesday 12 October

What do the teachers and pupils say about our Festival?

My class would like to say a massive thank you for putting on such a wonderful event! We loved coming and getting to spend a whole day thinking about books.


I have been bringing children to the Cheltenham Literature Festival for at least a decade. It is such a brilliant event for children to see and meet authors, inspiring them in their own writing. It is always well organised, with the children at the heart of it all.


I’ve had the best day and I loved the workshop and the book signing was awesome.


Plan your visit to Literature for Schools

The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival 2021 is on 8 – 17 October 2021.

If you don’t already receive our brochures and mailings, email with your name and full school address to ensure you do not miss out.