Education Outreach

Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival

An important part of the Festival’s work as a charity is being able to offer visits from authors and illustrators to schools, free of charge, to talk about their work and inspire children to read and enjoy books.

Last year (2019) we worked with more authors than ever and we plan to do this for years to come!

Our sincere thanks go to the Fryer Trust and the Norman Family Trust, our sponsors, who recognise how important this work is and enable us to continue this important outreach work.

Michael Rosen

Exmouth Community College

Children’s writing icon Michael Rosen is pictured here with a specially prepared treat to celebrate his marvellous poem Chocolate Cake.

He did a wonderfully entertaining presentation on ideas for writing and also read poems and signed books for some 500 Year 7 pupils at Exmouth Community College. He then went on to entertain a hugely appreciative audience of (mostly!) adults in Budleigh Salterton – one of the most popular events of the 2018 Literary Festival.

Michael Rosen, Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival 2018
Michael Rosen, Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival 2018

Michael Rosen has published over 200 titles for children including We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and Sad Book with Quentin Blake. Recent books for adults include The Disappearance of Emile Zola and a memoir, So They Call You Pisher!. He is the presenter of Radio 4’s Word of Mouth and is Professor of Children’s Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London. From 2007-2009 he was Children’s Laureate and he is a Chevalier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

Click here to catch Michael’s latest thoughts, ideas, and articles on his blog.

Catherine Johnson

Honiton, Crediton, Colyton and Exmouth
June 2018

In her novels Sawbones and Blade and Bone, this acclaimed writer took readers into a world of medical intrigue and body snatching set against the backdrop of the French Revolution.

Winner of the Historical Association’s Young Quills Award for Historical Fiction, Catherine is of Welsh/Afro-Caribbean descent, and her novels include Stella, The Dying Game, Arctic Hero (selected for Booked Up 2009), The Curious Tale of the Lady Caraboo, and A Nest of Vipers, shortlisted for the UKLA Award.

Catherine lectures in creative writing at London Metropolitan University, and is a Trustee of The Reading Agency.

Childrens Literary Quiz

Exmouth Community College

Now in its third year! Teams of young readers from local primary schools battled through heats to win a place in the final of this tough-but-fun competition.

Children demonstrated their knowledge of books and their love of literature – and adults scratched their heads while the children got the answers right!

There were spot prizes and a chance to win a beautiful Devon Dartington Crystal bowl for a year.

With thanks to Lord Clinton’s Charitable Trust.

Childrens Literary Quiz, Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival
Childrens Literary Quiz, Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival

Tim Bowler

Secondary School Visits
Monday 26 to Thursday 29 June 2017
Exmouth, Sidmouth, Ottery St Mary, Colyton, St Peter’s Exeter, Maynard, Crediton and Honiton.

Described by The Independent as ‘one of the truly individual voices in British teenage fiction’, Tim Bowler has had his 20 novels for children and young people translated into more than 30 languages.

River Boy was awarded the prestigious Carnegie Medal. He has won many other awards and his Blade series of urban thrillers has kept fans consistently gripped. The Sunday Telegraph has called him a ‘master of the psychological thriller’.

The Devon-based writer will be sharing his ideas and the plots behind his richly engaging books with students from all over East Devon.

Event Sponsored by Exeter University.