Children’s author Frances Hardinge to speak at literacy festival

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Frances Hardinge

Award-winning children’s author Frances Hardinge will give the keynote speech at a one-day literacy festival for Oxfordshire secondary school students on Friday 17 June.

Award-winning children’s author Frances Hardinge will give the keynote speech at a one-day literacy festival for Oxfordshire secondary school students on Friday 17 June. 

The festival is organised by the National Literacy Trust, in partnership with Oxford Brookes University and is part of the National Literacy Trust’s Oxfordshire Gaining Momentum programme, which began in partnership with Oxfordshire County Council in 2014. The programme focuses on embedding the teaching and learning of language and literacy in every subject area, to close the county’s attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers.   

We are thrilled to be hosting this event with the National Literacy Trust and I hope this will be a creative and inspiring day for the students involved, as well as giving them a taste of academic life at Oxford Brookes.

Alice Wilby, Head of UK Recruitment and Partnerships, Oxford Brookes University

160 students from 17 local schools will join the festival where they will celebrate the achievements of the programme and further develop their reading, writing and speaking skills. Frances, who is an Oxfordshire Gaining Momentum author ambassador, will open the festival with a talk about the power literacy can have in transforming lives. 

Susan Aykin, who leads the Oxfordshire Gaining Momentum programme at the National Literacy Trust said: “We’re delighted to be partnering with Oxford Brookes University to celebrate the fantastic work pupils across the county have done as part of Oxfordshire Gaining Momentum, while developing their skills. The festival will give pupils the chance to explore and play with language, while learning from leading playwrights, poets and authors.”

Students will then have the opportunity to develop their language and performance skills in workshops led by writers and dramatists including performance poet Dreadlock Alien, author Alan Gibbons, Shakespeare’s Globe theatre company and Oxford Brookes academics. The festival will be a chance for students to develop their enjoyment of reading and writing as they are introduced to new formats and techniques. 

Alice Wilby, Head of UK Recruitment and Partnerships at Oxford Brookes University said: “We are thrilled to be hosting this event with the National Literacy Trust and I hope this will be a creative and inspiring day for the students involved, as well as giving them a taste of academic life at Oxford Brookes.” 

Frances Hardinge was the winner of the Costa Book of the Year 2016 for The Lie Tree and previously won the Branford Boase Award for her debut novel Fly by Night. Her other works include Verdigris Deep, Gullstruck Island, Twilight Robbery and A Face Like Glass.

The National Literacy Trust is a national charity dedicated to raising the literacy levels in the UK.