Lit­er­a­ture goes back to school

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ANEW lit­er­ary fes­ti­val launches next week—at a girls’ prep school. Han­ford School in Child Oke­ford, Dorset, con­sid­ers read­ing ‘the heart of a good ed­u­ca­tion’ and is cel­e­brat­ing books in style from Mon­day, June 19 to June 24.

‘We’d been think­ing about hav­ing a lit­er­ary fes­ti­val for a while and, with our 70th an­niver­sary com­ing up in July, this seemed ex­actly the right time to do it,’ says Car­rie Lewis, the school’s head of English and the driv­ing force be­hind the event.

The fes­ti­val’s pro­gramme com­prises talks, sto­ry­telling and work­shops and Mrs Lewis has gath­ered a strong line-up of speak­ers, in­clud­ing Emma Carroll, the author of Strange Star, the Fi­nan­cial Times’s chil­dren’s book of the year in 2016.

Day­time events are open to all lo­cal schools but five evening talks will wel­come the gen­eral pub­lic. In the in­au­gu­ral talk, on June 20, Santa Mon­te­fiore—an old Han­ford girl—will re­veal the peo­ple and places that in­spire her writ­ing. Later in the week, the New York Times best-sell­ing author Natasha Solomons will con­sider lit­er­ary land­scapes—specif­i­cally Thomas Hardy’s Dorset—and Joanna Trol­lope, a for­mer Han­ford par­ent, will ex­plain how to adapt Jane Austen to to­day.

Damien Lewis and Philip Reeve will bring the fes­ti­val to a close, with the for­mer talk­ing about what it means to write for film and tele­vi­sion and the lat­ter dis­cussing his ‘Rail­head’ sci­ence-fic­tion se­ries.

For tick­ets and in­for­ma­tion, visit www.han­ford.dorset.sch. uk/news/lit­er­ary-fes­ti­val

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