Schools Outreach

Meeting an author in person is a powerful way to enthuse youngsters and inspire them to explore the world of books and reading. By offering a programme of high-impact, dynamic events with amazing authors and performers, BuckLitFest aims to help create lifelong readers – and hopefully some successful, new writers, too!
Following last year’s pilot partnerships with the George Grenville Academy and the Royal Latin School, we’re delighted to be able to expand our activity with schools thanks to the support of our new sponsors and ‘local heroes’.

You can see the pages from the programme here Schools Outreach

The schools events are sponsored by the Literary Festival and are not open to the general public.
If you would like an author or speaker to visit your school in future, please email [email protected] and we’ll be in touch.

MG Leonard

Award-winning, beetle-loving Maya Leonard will be wowing children with the final part of her bestselling trilogy, Battle of the Beetles – and talking all things beetle just in time for National Insect Week (18-24 June).
‘Truly great storytelling.’ – Michael Morpurgo

Griselda Heppel

Her first novel, Ante’s Inferno, scooped the Children’s People’s Book Prize. Now in The Tragickall History of Henry Fowst Griselda offers a wonderfully dark tale of mystery, magic, demons and faustian pacts as an Elizabethan diary comes to life. Refreshingly original fantasy guaranteed to enthral and inspire Young Adult readers.

Really Big Pants

Entertaining and educating with their own brand of zany humour Really Big Pants is a theatre company specifically for primary-aged children. Using recognisable elements of traditional tales (and some really
big pants) they inspire, celebrate and encourage literacy and have performed to thousands of children in schools, libraries, bookshops, theatres and at litfests.

Castle Theatre Company

Durham University’s dynamic young players deliver highly physical and interactive workshops animating the language and plot of Shakespeare’s plays – and liberating the inner actor in every student. Best experienced in the open air – whatever the weather!