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Schools Events: Bringing The Festival to You

The Bradford Literature Festival’s school programme offers students access to exciting, engaging and entertaining literature for all ages.

It’s packed with eye-opening possibilities. We have Manga artists, publishers, performance poets, illustrators, journalists and more, all of whom are happy to share their skills and show students that there’s no singularly accepted form of literature: it all counts. With events featuring the Brontës, slimy slug superheroes, Islamic history, storytelling, political poetry, feminism, Greek myths and international relations, there really is something for everyone.

Sitting alongside our public programme, our schools programme is integral to everything we do. We are dedicated to offering all young people the opportunity to engage with amazing, life-changing literature and believe passionately in the power of words to open minds and develop students as well-rounded, interested and interesting individuals.

We can’t wait for you to join us for this unique celebration of literacy, literature and self- expression.

The school programme is open to all schools, free to schools within the Bradford district and available to students from Early Years to Sixth Form.


For more information, or to register your interest in the 2018 programme, contact us at:

2017 Events:

Friday 30th June – Writing Futures

Come and explore where literature can take your students. This is a unique chance to discover how to build a career in the creative industries, and will feature a fantastic panel of industry experts. Our speakers include Director of Rada, Edward Kemp, Commissioning Editor for Virago Publishers, Ailah Ahmed, Spoken Word Poet and YA Author, Steven Camden, and more!

Recommended for KS3, 4, and 5


Monday 3rd July – Myths, Legends and Fairy tales

Award-winning authors, Lari Don, Vivian French and Richard O’Neill bring you a spell-binding day all about how to craft a magical tale, with tips and advice on how to take a story from once upon a time to happily ever after. This is the ideal session for any budding young writers.

Recommended for KS2


Friday 7th July – Film Screening of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas + Q&A with Author John Boyne

Join acclaimed author, John Boyne, for this extra-special screening of the film adaptation of his celebrated book The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. The screening will be followed by a rare Q&A session, giving your students the unique opportunity to discuss the film with the writer himself.

Recommended for ages 12+


Friday 7th July – Performance Poetry Day

This session is an exciting chance for your students to experience poetry performed live. The UK’s brightest performance poets bring their spoken word poetry to Bradford in this one-off event that will get your students pumped up about the potential of contemporary poetry. This event will feature award winning poets Anthony Anaxagorou, Zia Ahmed, Dean Atta, Zeina Hashem Beck and Zodwa Nyoni.

Recommended for KS2, 3 and 4.



Author visits to schools, as well as the chance to build a bespoke package for your institution.

We look forward to welcoming you and your students to the festival!