Schools & Education Events: Free to any group based in Bradford

The Bradford Literature Festival’s Schools & Education Programme offers students and young people 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 ranging from the Brontës, science, Islamic history and storytelling to political poetry, feminism, Greek myths and international relations, there really is something for everyone.

Sitting alongside our public programme, our Education 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 Education programme is open to all schools, community and education groups, free to those within the Bradford district and available to students from Early Years to Sixth Form.

For more information or to book your place, please contact:

Lottie Wallis

Education Programme Manager


2019 Education Programme – Book Now!

With more speakers yet to be announced, here is an outline of this year’s exciting programme of events.

Primary – KS2

Friday 28th June – Superheroes

Guinness World Record-holding human beatboxer Testament (Andy Brooks), Emma Grange and Ruth Amos of Marvel Fearless and Fantastic!, and superheroes show by WrongSemble Theatre Company.


Monday 1st July – The World

Author of The Story of People, Catherine Barr; author of Natural Wonders of the World and QI researcher, Molly Oldfield; and a performance by WrongSemble Theatre Company.


Tuesday 2nd July – Science

Dragon’s Den-winning ‘Sublime Science Show’; author of 100 Scientists Who Made History, Andrea Mills; and Rap Science with Jon Chase.


Wednesday 3rd July – How to Save the Planet

‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’ with B&M Waste and ‘Land & Wildlife’ with Jon Chase.


Thursday 4th July – Poetry

BBC and World poetry slam champion, Kat FrancoisI am Bear illustrator, Sav Akyuz; and hip-hop poet Testament (Andy Brooks).


Friday 5th July – Maths

Member of The Magic Circle Christina Ransom, Murderous Maths with Kjartan Poskitt, and a performance by WrongSemble Theatre Company.


Secondary – KS3 & KS4


Friday 28th June – Enterprise

This day will focus on business and enterprise skills and feature a range of inspiring speakers, specifically chosen to engage and interest young audiences. Featuring YouTube sensation Jean Menzies; director of 7billionideas, Ravi Chauhan; and director of The Socially Conscious Company, Kamran Rashid.


Monday 1st July – Shakespeare

Covering the history of Shakespeare through the plays Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet. The day includes exciting theatrical readings, as well as providing insight on text structure, iambic pentameter, plot, and meaning, and will feature poet Tommy Evans. More speakers to be announced.


Tuesday 2nd July – World War Two

Starring Terry Deary, author of Horrible Histories, this day will give a historic overview of World War Two through Terry’s latest book The Unlikely Spy. More speakers to be announced.


Wednesday 3rd July – How to Save the Planet

Featuring activist Wilson Oryema, ‘Blue Planet III’ theatre show from Bright Buoy Productions, founder of Treesponsibility, Dongria Khond, and talks from the charity Plastic Oceans UK.


Thursday 4th July – Poetry 

Featuring an amazing line-up including George the Poet, Karl Nova, Sukina Pilgrim, and Polar Bear (Steven Camden).


Friday 5th July – Tech World

How to Think Like A Coder with Jim Christian, the history of technology and interactive 3D session with Impact Gamers, a sound technology workshop with Yorkshire Sound Women Network, and a discussion about the exhibition Never Alone exploring the rise of the internet by Alice Parsons, creative director at the National Science and Media Museum.