The author of the popular Spy Dog series, Andrew Cope, will be just one of the children’s authors appearing at the Opera House during this year’s Jersey Festival of Words as part of the Santander International Schools Programme.
As well as providing an insight into the fictional world of Lara the canine spy the writer will visit schools to run workshops on ‘The Art of Being Brilliant,’ in which students will learn how to ‘shine in any situation.’
Also penned for local primary schools will be graphic novelist Robin Etherington, whose Freaky and Fearless books continue to prove a hit with young comic book fans, Laura Ellen Anderson, author of the ‘gloriously gothic, wickedly funny’ new series Amelia Fang, and Adam Frost, whose Awesome Book of Space will give a literary boost to the Island’s aspiring astronauts.
Returning to the Island to run a multi-school poetry slam will be UK performance poetry group Farrago, an event which will see secondary students crafting original poetic pieces before performing them to a panel of local judges on the Opera House stage.
‘We’re really excited to be part of this year’s festival and looking forward to working with Jersey’s brilliant young poets and fantastic schools,’ said Farrago founder John Paul O’Neill.
Key Stage Five students will attend an event led by author Laura Steven, whose acclaimed new novel The Exact Opposite of Okay has been described as a ‘switched-on exploration of teenage sexuality and gender’.
This year sees Santander International sponsoring the Schools Programme for the second year running. James Pountney, Managing Director of Santander International said: ‘We’re delighted to once again be sponsoring the Schools Programme. It was incredible to see Jersey Opera House come alive last year as children of all ages enjoyed hearing from different authors. We’re excited to see what this year’s lineup brings.’
The provision of events and workshops for local schools has been an important part of the Jersey Festival of Words since it was launched in 2015, with the aims of bringing star writers to the Island, providing a boost to home-grown creative writing and supporting education, heritage and event-led tourism.
Jersey Festival of Words vice-chairman Paul Bisson said: ‘It’s great to watch students getting enthused about books and reading. The writers’ stage shows are always hugely entertaining and there’s a real buzz when the children get to meet the authors and have their books signed.’
The fourth Jersey Festival of Words will take place from 26 September to 30 September at venues around St Helier including the Jersey Opera House, the Jersey Arts Centre and the Jersey Library. More announcements will be made soon.
Tickets for any of the above events can be booked (through schools) by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org