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Hardenhuish School’s Literature Festival

Hardenhuish School’s Literature Festival

A series of visits, competitions and activities turned Hardenhuish School into a world of words last week when the third annual Hardenhuish Literature Festival took place, coinciding with World Book Day on Thursday 1st March.

Three authors visited during the course of the week. On Monday, acclaimed writer of ‘The Boy with the Tiger’s Heart’, Linda Coggin visited to give an interesting and inspirational talk to all Year 9 pupils.  She enlightened them with details of the writing process and her inspirations, which included an array of animals like dogs, tigers, bears, and even a glow in the dark rabbit!

Local author Geoff Hill, who has recently published the fourth book in his ‘Viking Ghost’ series, visited on a snowy World Book Day to speak to Year 8 pupils.  Mr Hill is currently a teacher at St. Paul’s Primary School in Chippenham and so was known by many of the pupils.  The Year 8s were captivated by tales of Viking warriors and witches in a talk full of horror and history- as well as a touch of humour!

Thursday was World Book Day and pupils would have been forgiven for thinking that they were in Hundred Acre Wood, as all the members of the Leadership Team were dressed up as the characters from Winnie the Pooh!  Meanwhile, the cast of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory could be spotted teaching Science lessons, heroes and villains battled it out in the English department, and a very wise wizard was in charge of the Resources Centre!

During the week, pupils also completed Quotation Quests around the school of teachers’ favourite literary quotes, took part in creative writing competitions and a range of other activities for prizes, while, this week, the school’s annual Book Fair marks an opportunity for them to buy new and classic books at discounted prices.

Following the event, Miss Lauren Cowley, English teacher who organised the Literature Festival said, “It has been a fantastic week full of words and the power that they have. Hopefully, Year 9 take away that ideas for writing are all around us – maybe even in the form of a pet dog while the Year 8 pupils should leave with some great book recommendations, as well as advice to inspire and support budding writers!”