Book It! for Schools 2014: 3-10 October 2014

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Book It! for Schools 2014 promises to be as exciting as ever with a wide range of author talks and hands-on workshops for Key Stages 1-4. Schools can also book from a range of free activities to ensure that pupils and teachers have a great day out.

The Book It! Guest Director is the amazing poet, writer and broadcaster, Michael Rosen. You will find him appearing in many events during the Festival. Other highlights include adrenaline-fuelled hilarity with new Irish children’s Laureate, Eoin Colfer; playing the Shape Game with ex-children’s laureate Anthony Browne; and drawing the Tom Gates way with Liz Pichon. We are hugely fortunate that the popular author Michael Grant will be over from the US; and we are also delighted to welcome John Boyne from Ireland, and Benjamin Zephaniah, whose new novel for teens is his first for 7 years!

There will be a WW1 day to coincide with the WW1 commemorations. Sam Angus and Megan Rix will talk about the courageous animals which helped Britain; Tony Bradman will take you through the life of a boy soldier; and Jamila Gavin and Geraldine McCaughrean will discuss their stories of bravery and courage in Stories of WW1. We are also offering two WW1 workshops with the Imperial War Museums.

The popular Young Writers’ Day returns this year, giving budding authors the chance to work alongside the engaging Anna Wilson. New this year is a Young Poets’ Day, giving students the opportunity to work with the brilliant Brian Moses and Roger Stevens.

Making its debut in 2014 is News Academy, workshops for Key Stage 3 students led by journalists from The Times and The Sunday Times. Also, for the first time we are able to give GCSE and A’Level students an exclusive preview of the raft of events in the main Festival programme to support and extend their studies.

These are just a few of the programme highlights, but the full programme is available to view here

Book It! Director Jane Churchill said: ‘It has been a great pleasure putting together this year’s Book It! for Schools programme and I hope you will be excited as I am to find such a diverse range of events for all ages from KS1 to KS4. You will find plenty of events to enthuse and excite your pupils from the wonder of storytelling to the magic of seeing live drawing on stage!’

Prices start from just £4.50 a ticket and with plenty of author events to choose from, as well as the Discovery Trail and lots of fantastic free activities, we hope that schools from all over Gloucestershire and further afield will be inspired to take part in The Times and Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Click here to view the full programme

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