Our thrilling showcase of literary events – LitFest 2018 has come to a close and what a week we have enjoyed. It has been fantastic to see how many students and staff have shared and expressed their love of literature. From inspirational writers to captivating storytelling, LitFest 2018 has truly opened our staff and students to the wonders of libraries.
On Tuesday it was a privilege to have the spoken word artist Tarik Ross-Cameron join us. He performed his own poetry, and delivered a fantastic workshop about the boundless opportunities of writing poetry. Students felt truly inspired, with a few even inviting him back for next year! Stay tuned to see some of year 7 and 8’s finished poetry.
On Wednesday we had the tremendous honour of celebrated author Sarah Crossan visiting us. Sarah led a captivating assembly about the freedom and resilience of writing creatively to our lower school, leaving our students thoroughly motivated to pick up a pen and start writing. Sarah remarked on her visit via Twitter ‘School visits vary so much from school to school but sometimes everyone just nails it — thank you @archeracademy’.
And the fun hasn’t stopped there! Lunchtime workshops such as Kerouac Corner, flash fiction writing games, afternoon tea in the library, and members of staff reading excerpts from their favourite books in our beautiful story tent have been ongoing throughout the week. It was fantastic to see how many of our students looked so engaged in Ms Clarke’s dramatic reading of ‘Holes’ by Louis Sachar.
Even though the weather may have interrupted our exciting trip to see the hilarious ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, we didn’t let that affect our enthusiasm for World Book Day. We saw some wildly imaginative attire throughout the day; Pippi Longstocking, Willy Wonka and Wonder were amongst the costumes we spotted, as well as a host of familiar characters from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
LitFest ended with a memorable visit from our patron of reading, Sita Brahmachari. Students thoroughly enjoyed her reading and workshop, and we hope to welcome her to our story tent again soon.
Thank you to all students, staff and parents who have supported and helped in making LitFest 2018 such a wonderful experience.
The English Department
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