Swindon Youth Festival of Literature 2015

In November 2015, we celebrated the 8th annual Swindon Youth Festival of Literature which is funded by the Swindon Association of Secondary Heads and aims to encourage a love of reading outside the classroom.  In total, 8,470 students from 53 secondary and primary schools in Swindon attended one or more event, including 586 students from Warneford.

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The festival Launch was held in October at The Platform in Swindon. Two year 9 students, Mia and Sam represented our school.




The first event of the festival was held at Isambard School with well- known author Phillip Reeve.  A group of Warneford  students enjoyed hearing about his latest book, RAILHEAD.  If they weren’t fans before attending, they were by the end of the session!

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The headline event was held at the Wyvern Theatre with Steve Cole, the author of several series, but most recently the new Young James Bond series.  The group of Year 7 & 8 students who attended were held spellbound by his amazing energy and enthusiasm.

Warneford hosted a fun-filled (and noisy) author event for our three feeder schools (Westrop, Southfields and St Leonards in Blunsdon) with The 2 Steves.  This involved lots of audience participation from the 240 Year 5 and 6 students who attended.


Year 7 students were inspired by Performance Poet Ash Dickenson…he led by example, performing some of his poems, including the one he wrote about Swindon, then challenging them to come up with their own creations.  Most students were volunteering to read their poems out, and it was amazing to  hear what they came up with.

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The Warneford book quiz team won the Swindon Youth Festival of Literature 2015 Inter School Book Quiz which took place at The Dorcan Academy on 9th November. They competed against all the other secondary schools in Swindon and won by 1 point! There were 12 rounds altogether and these included rounds on James Bond, opening lines of books, a David Walliams round and a round all about teachers in books.

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They worked exceptionally well as a team pooling their book knowledge to answer some really tough questions.  The team comprised of Tiffany & Aidan (Year 7), Sophie & Oliver (Year 8) and Shani & Tyler (Year 9).

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All Year 8 and 9 students met Chris Bradford, the author of the action-packed BODYGUARD series.

In a special lunchtime session, he met with a group of Year 7 students (pictured) and answered questions about his YOUNG SAMURAI series.



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DAVID GATWARD was the Festival’s last event, held at Warneford on Friday 13th November.  Students from ten other Swindon secondary schools attended a morning session and in the afternoon, Year 9 Creative Writing students attended his workshops.