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Literature for Schools 2018

Anthony Horowitz, Sarah Crossan, Alex Wheatle, Maz Evans and Matt Carr are just some of the brilliant authors and illustrators who featured in the Literature for Schools programme at this year’s Festival. Over 9000 pupils and staff from 97 schools came along to six fun-filled days.

Workshops involved writing and performing spoken word poetry, writing news articles and creating heroes for stories. Gloucestershire pupils took to the stage in the Young Writers Showcase and the Monster of Monster Books secondary schools debate.

All of this took place on our fantastic site in Montpellier Gardens where free activities included pop-up storytelling and the Beano Trail. Ten local primary schools produced monster stories and book covers for the Monster Story Trail which extended into the town.

If you didn’t make it this year why not have a quick look at our offer for 2018, to inspire you to plan a visit in 2019:



What did the teachers say?

The pupils were amazed and have talked avidly about their experience.

Severnbanks Primary

Thank you for another amazing literature festival. We love taking the children to these events and have seen a big impact on their attitudes towards writing. After attending a poetry workshop this year, the following day each child in our class wrote a rhyming poem in the style of the poet we met! This was an amazing achievement.

Gloucester Road Primary

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. Thank you.

Pillowell / Blakeney Primary

What did the pupils say?

An opportunity I wouldn’t ever have normally, meeting a real author and getting help from them! Desperate to come back next year.

Cirencester Kingshill Academy

I found it really good listening to an author and his inspirations. It was a unique experience!

Coalway Junior School

The most memorable part of the day was when Anthony Horowitz read part of his next Alex Rider book which even his publisher hasn’t seen yet!

Rendcomb College

The best day of my life!

Minchinhampton Primary


The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival 2019 is on 4th-13th October.

The programme and brochure will be on line in late May with booking opening in mid-June.

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