Literary Festival news

On Wednesday 9th July 2014, St Swithun’s hosted its inaugural Literary Festival, an event which resulted in a feast of literary delights. We welcomed 45 authors and performers who led 58 workshops and performances across the day; 1000 visitors attended – students from St Swithun’s, and from schools across Hampshire, as well as VIP guests.

We hope that everyone was inspired by this day of creativity and intellectual stimulation. We were pleased to welcome Austentatious, performing at St Swithun's after their sell-out national tour. Daljit Nagra also joined us, whose last two poetry collections have both been shortlisted for the TS Eliot poetry prize, and who read from his latest poetic offering, his translation of the Indian epic, the Ramayana

We offered, amongst many other things, workshops in bookbinding and food writing; a walking retreat to a local nature reserve; a debate on the future of the book and talks on ghostwriting and short story writing.

Festival organiser and English teacher Claire Goymour commented ‘I’m so excited that St Swithun’s hosted this festival. Thanks to everyone who contributed. The school was buzzing with activity: it’s so thrilling to witness a love for reading and literature being brought alive in this way.’

Book binding workshop with Bookcraft

Poet Laurie Bolger entertains a packed audience in the marquee

The School of Night entertain in Harvey Hall

For a full Festival itinerary, including contributor biographies, please click below


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