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Godolphin School launches Fourth Literary Festival

Godolphin School launches Fourth Literary Festival

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24th September 2021 — At Godolphin we place a huge emphasis on reading, and more specifically reading for pleasure, if students enjoy reading then they are relaxing while broadening their minds and learning empathy.With more and more parents worrying about excessive screen time it becomes increasingly important to promote an alternative which has been proved time and time again to have great health benefits. Thankfully, it is not difficult at the moment with such a fabulously diverse range of zany and hugely imaginative authors writing for the young.

It is a good time to be a reader, and this has been obvious at the literary festivals we have hosted here at Godolphin since 2015.The positive response from the many hundreds of students who have attended our festivals, from primaries and secondaries across Salisbury, have proved how popular children’s authors have become with their readers.The extraordinary enthusiasm showed for authors such as Lucy Worsley, Lauren St John and Robin Stevens proves the young think authors are pretty cool.

We host festivals to bring authors to their readers and to promote the thought that reading is something we value. We run events for all ages and this year we have young children from primary schools listening to Tracey Corderoy talk about her picture books, as well as Onjali Q Rauf speak about The Boy at the Back of the Class to older children.Local secondary schools will come in to hear MA Bennett talk about her popular teen series S.T.A.G.S.

Our evening events are held at 7.00pm and are open to the public and this year the journalist Mary Ann Sieghart talks about her book The Authority Gap; Christy Lefteri will speak to Sarah O’Rorke about The Beekeeper of Aleppo and her latest novel, Songbirds, while Nigel Farndale, The Times’ celebrity interviewer and obituarist, will be in conversation with the writer Giles Kime about his famous subjects and his latest novel, The Dictator’s Muse.


For further information, please contact Sarah Sowton, Head of Marketing sowtons@godolphin.org

Godolphin School (Girls 11-18) is a day and boarding school in Wiltshire.

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