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Literature for Schools 2019

Cressida Cowell, Chris Riddell, Patrice Lawrence, Anthony Anaxagorou and Benji Davies are just some of the brilliant authors and illustrators who featured in the Literature for Schools programme, celebrating 70 years of the Cheltenham Literature Festival. Over 9000 pupils and staff from 98 schools came along to six book-filled days.

Workshops involved writing and performing spoken word poetry, exploring fake news and writing murder mysteries. Gloucestershire pupils took to the stage in the Young Writers Showcase and the Battle of the 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 Secret Seven Trail. Ten local primary schools celebrated 30 years of David McKee’s Elmer by creating canvases for the Elmer and Friends Trail which extended into the town.

If you didn’t make it this year why not have a quick look at our offer for 2019, to inspire you to plan a visit in 2020:

Download: Primary
Download: Secondary
Download: Home Educators

What did the teachers and pupils say about our Festival in 2019?

The highlight is always the engaging talks given by the authors and the feedback we get back from the children. It really inspires children to read and develop a love of reading by meeting authors – getting books signed and talking to the author is a super opportunity!


We loved having the opportunity to have our students engaged with the programmes on offer and giving them the platform to perform and present their ideas.


I wish we could go more than once a year. Meeting the authors was so cool!


The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival 2020 is on 2 – 11 October.

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.