Primary Schools Days Programme 2020

Primary Schools Days Programme 2020

Tuesday 9 – Friday 12 June

At the Barnes Children’s Literature Festival we believe that every child should have the opportunity to experience the power of live literature which is why we are very proud to provide our Primary Schools Days Programme free to every state-funded primary school in London.

Our special Schools sessions introduce pupils to their favourite authors and illustrators, as well as to a few exciting new voices, who will be exploring a variety of topics linked to the national and London curricula, including World War 2 and poetry.

We’ll be expanding our Schools Programme to four days next year from Tuesday 9 June 2020.

Our full Programme for 2020 will be announced in January so watch this space. Make sure your school doesn’t miss out by signing up now: [email protected]  

What do teachers say about us?

“What an inspiring event! The children thoroughly enjoyed watching Joseph Coelho perform his poems and there was a real buzz of excitement in the room. They also relished the opportunity to join in with Joseph and come up with their own ideas for poems. As a teacher, it also gave me ideas about how to teach children to write poems and how to create an exciting poetry lesson.”
Barnes Primary School, Barnes

Roger McGough’s event encouraged our children to be interested in words, to value their own ideas, to read and write poetry, to look at things in different ways and to appreciate the funny side of life: not a bad morning’s work!”
Lowther Primary School, Barnes

“The children were brimming over with enthusiasm after the event with Josh Lacey and Garry Parsons, so much so that when we got back to school we changed our lesson plan for the remainder of the morning and got them to write their own email to Uncle Morton describing what the hungry dragon had eaten!”
Thomson House School, Mortlake

“The children have been so inspired by Onjali Rauf’s talk on the refugee crisis that they are planning to do something in school to raise money. This was such a relevant talk for our children as we do have refugee families in our school and community and it is timely to have raised awareness of their situation. On top of this, they are all keen to read her book!”
Lionel Primary School, Brentford