Literary Festival Announce Schools Programme Line Up

After record attendance in 2019, Henley Literary Festival is delighted to announce this year’s line-up of events exclusively for schools to attend, featuring some of the best loved authors and illustrators from the UK and Ireland.

Winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and the Blue Peter Book Award, Katherine Rundell invites schoolchildren to enjoy a lawless, death-defying adventure with her fifth novel The Good Thieves. Former Children’s Laureate and Observer political cartoonist Chris Riddell returns to Henley with The Cloud Horse Chronicles following his sensational success with Goth Girl, Ottoline and Poems to Fall in Love With. Artemis Fowl creator and former Irish Children’s Laureate Eoin Colfer gives a new generation of readers a chance to immerse themselves in his fantasy adventure series with The Fowl Twins, following the younger siblings of the notorious Artemis, who are on course for a whirlwind journey including magical trolls, sinister aristocrats and formidable nuns. RSPB President and resident wildlife expert on the The One Show Miranda Krestovnikoff will talk about the world of birds. Author illustrator Yuval Zommer, No Ballet Shoes in Syria author Catherine Bruton, Clara Vulliamy, Catherine Doyle and Darkmouth creator Shane Hegarty are also featured in the schools programme this year.

Henley Literary Festival director Harriet Reed said: “As with our public programme for children, we are really proud of not only making our schools schedule varied but also keeping the ticket prices low so that local schoolchildren from all schools and backgrounds get the chance to hear from favourite authors and discover new ones. The success of last year’s Festival and the kind support of The Shanly Foundation has enabled us to keep prices low.”

Last year, Henley Literary Festival welcomed over 2,700 pupils and teachers from 27 schools in Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire to events on their schools’ programme. Events last 45 minutes with the opportunity for pupils to get their books signed by the author after the event. They are held in venues in central Henley, including the Town Hall, Phyllis Court and Christ Church. The Festival’s public programme will feature 150 events for adults and children from 26th September to 4th October.

The full schools programme and booking forms will be released on Monday 27th April. Please email or call the box office on 01491 575948 to find out more and make sure your local school is involved.

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