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Stratford Literary Festival's Authors for Schools project

02 February 2021 Share

Stratford Literary Festival gives schools a free package of author events to inspire children learning remotely.

Leading and award-winning UK authors, including Michael Rosen, Frank Cottrell-Boyce, Tanya Landman and Sita Brahmachari, are amongst those who have recorded events for the Stratford Literary Festival in a project called Authors for Schools, designed to inspire children being home-schooled during lockdown. 

The Authors for Schools Project, made possible by donations to a match-funded initiative with the LocalGiving Community Match Challenge, includes online events with eight writers for young people of all ages, plus links to resources and activity ideas to help them stay engaged with the authors’ books.  

"Lockdown and school closures mean that many children have experienced a worrying gap in their education at a critical point in their lives," says Festival Director Annie Ashworth. "Not least and perhaps most importantly, they have missed out on the benefits of reading and the life-long benefits in terms of literacy, life-skills and well-being.   

"They will also be missing out on the excitement and stimulation of having authors visiting their schools to talk about their writing. Authors for Schools helps fill this important gap with a series of events for primary and secondary schools throughout our region. The events can be downloaded in school or at home for children and young people to enjoy. They’ll not only reignite interest in keen readers but, because they feature real authors, will help to engage reluctant readers."

The Stratford Literary Festival is a charity that stages events during two festivals a year, and brings the benefits of books to schools, the community and prisons. Because of ongoing Covid restrictions, its Spring Festival will run a reduced programme online, or live if permitted, from 8th to 16th May in a format in line with Government Covid-19 guidelines. The Festival will hold a longer festival between 9th and 14th November.

Access the online sessions here.