Primary Schools Days Programme 2019


Primary Schools Days Programme 2019

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 poetry and Shakespeare.

We’ll be expanding our Schools Programme to three days next year from Wednesday 8 May 2019 and we’ll be kicking off with a rare schools performance by Britain’s best loved poet and Barnes’s finest, Roger McGough.

Our full Programme for 2019 will be announced in January so watch this space. Make sure your school doesn’t miss out by signing up now:

What did teachers say about our 2018 Programme?

“What an inspiring event! ​I went to see Joseph Coelho with my Year 3 class this morning and we had a fantastic time. The children thoroughly enjoyed watching Joseph perform his poems and there was a real buzz of excitement in the room. My class 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. We would love to come back again next year!” S. Cole, Year 3 Leader, Barnes Primary School

“Thank you for inviting us along to the Schools Programme today. It was a great opportunity to meet writers and to inspire the children further in their work. Year 5 enjoyed listening to Michelle Majorian., and Years 3 and 4 came back raving about poetry! We’re so very lucky to have an event like this on our doorstep. Please let us know of any future opportunities that may come about. We would love to be a part of it!” L. Chalbot, Year 5 Teacher, Lowther Primary School

“Thank you again for the opportunity and the superb organisation of the presentation with Josh Lacey and Garry Parsons. The children were brimming over with enthusiasm when they got back to school, so much so that 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! Looking forward to doing it again next year!” D. Black, Thomson House School