The 9th Swindon Youth Festival of Literature (SYFL) took place from 7-11 November 2016 to celebrate reading, writing and creativity. It is a collaborative project jointly co-ordinated by the Librarians of the eleven secondary schools across Swindon. Throughout the festival week, students work with authors, poets, illustrators and storytellers who visit schools for readings, performances and workshops.
Monday 7 November – Year 8 boys trip to Ridgeway to see CHRIS RIDDELL (Children’s Laureate) and STAN CULLIMORE (formerly of Housemartins) came to Warneford to speak to primary school students from Westrop and Southfields.
Tuesday 8 November – BALI RAI was here all day for Year 7, 9 and 10 pupils.
Wednesday 9 November – ASH DICKINSON (performance poet) came to Warneford for Year 7 pupils.
Thursday 10 November – A trip to the Wyvern Theatre for 50 students from Years 7-9 to meet HOLLY SMALE of Geek Girl fame.
Friday 11 November – BOOK QUIZ at Dorcan and FRED BLUNT ran an Illustrator Workshop for 14 year 9 students (and 15 year 9 students from Dorcan) here at Warneford.
At the final event of the festival, our team of 6 students answered a wide range of questions, working together to brilliantly in a very close competition to secure the Book Quiz trophy for the second year running!
Feedback from the SYFL week has been so positive; students have felt encouraged and inspired to be more creative in their reading, writing and drawing.
Please click on the following link for details of all events SYFL 2016