Festival in Schools
Events in School
Though the Festival wasn’t able to hold events in local schools last Summer term because of Covid restrictions, we were able to take the writer and campaigner Jonny Benjamin into school in September to talk about issues including mental health and racism. Teams of Year 9 students form local secondary schools spent a day learning to create and perform poetry for the annual Poetry Slam! In the next few weeks the historical fiction writer Caroline Lawrence will also be talking about her very popular novels in a special events for Years 7 and 8 at Exmouth Community College and local author Clare Helen Welsh shared her beautiful new nature book, Time to Move South for Winter at St Peter’s Primary Budleigh.
The Festival’s annual hotly contested Children’s Lit Quiz took place online this year with contestants from local primary schools vying for the beautiful Dartington Glass Bowl and books donated by Waterstones.
Family events are sponsored by Michael and Valerie Jackaman, Paul Humphries Architects Ltd and Exeter School. Events all take place in venues around Budleigh including close to the Festival Marquee on Station Road. Tickets are on sale at budlitfest.org.uk
Our Outreach Work
An important part of the Festival’s work as a charity is taking authors and illustrators to schools, free of charge, to talk to children and young people of all ages about their work and inspire children to read and enjoy books.
In 2019 we worked with more authors than ever, including former Children's Laureate Chris Riddell, and during 2020 we offered a programme of online events free for schools and families to watch from home during Covid restrictions. Authors featured included: Martin Brown, Emma Carroll, Juno Dawson, Devon Glover Sonnet Man, Emily Gravett, Matt Oldfield, Onjali Q Raúf and Alex Wheatle OBE.
Young people have lost so much of their education because of the pandemic and it has never been more important to help them bridge that literacy gap by introducing them to real live authors!
Our sincere thanks go to the Norman Family Charitable Trust who recognise how important this work is and enable us to continue this important outreach work.