Best sellers on the festival school program


This year’s Henley Literary Festival schools program lineup has been announced.

It will run October 4-8 and feature World Book Day illustrator Rob Biddulph, who will present his novel Peanut Jones and the Illustrated City.

Former winner of the children and Battle horse Author Michael Morpurgo returns while Costa Children’s Book Award winner Natasha Farrant will present her new book, Voyage of the Hawk.

Younger children will be entertained by Kjartan Poskitt and Alex Willmore as they continue the story of The fugitive pea, Smriti Halls revisits the world of bears and squirrels with I stay with you too and Francesca Simon of Horrid Henry will bring with her the Two terrible Vikings.

Students aged 11 and older can join us as bestselling author Liz Kesslar discusses the Holocaust with When the world was ours.

Zanib Mian, Thiago de Moraes, Jenny McLachlan and Dr Shini Somara are also on the program

The events, for students aged three to 14, will take place at Christ Church in Reading Road and under a marquee in the grounds of the Phyllis Court Club. They last 45 minutes each.

A grant from the Arts Council made it possible to broadcast live events directly to classrooms and school halls.

Jessica Dean, festival children’s programmer, said: “We take great pride in making our schools program diverse and aligned with the program topics while featuring some of the UK’s most beloved children’s authors.

“The success of last year’s virtual events saw record attendees for our school program and the fantastic grant provided by the Arts Council allowed us to run events for free in schools this year in addition to being able to purchase tickets. to join us in person. .

“Kids can watch from the comfort of their classroom or school and ask the authors questions using the Q&A feature.

“We are thrilled that students from all schools can access inspiring author events.”

For more information visit www.henleyliterary

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