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Schools & Community Programme

The Schools Programme takes events and visiting authors into schools across the island to support learning and inspire new ideas. Highlights for 2018 included 14 events in primary and secondary schools with the following speakers:

  • Rangan Chatterjee
  • Daljit Nagra 
  • Why Comics?
  • Ross Montgomery
  • Steve Jones
  • Murray Lachlan Young 
  • Mimi Anderson
  • Duncan Barrett

Community events organised in 2018 included:

  • Gary Younge to host a talk at Les Nicolles Prison (closed event).
  • Why Comics? to host a free talk for teachers and students in the Festival Hub.
  • Ross Montgomery to host free talk at the Guille-Alles Library

The schools and community programme which ran from 10th-13th May 2018 was  kindly sponsored by Rothschild, who also supported the Festival by offering an allocation of complimentary tickets to the Princes Trust and the Youth Commission for young people to attend various festival events.

The Guernsey Literary Festival also organised a series of interim events in April 2018 to coincide with the release of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society film release. These included 2 educational events in schools with author Annie Barrows. These events were kindly sponsored by Praxis IFM and supported by The Committee of Education, Sport & Culture.

Teacher’s and Student’s Quotes

Daljit Nagra - Grammar School

Emma Beardsell – Head of English:

“Daljit Nagra was excellent! In his interactions with students after the talk, he showed honesty and encouragement in fostering the talents of young writers, encouraging them to write journals and enter writing competitions.”

Anna Quick – Librarian:

“I was involved with Daljit Nagra’s visit to the Grammar School and Sixth Form Centre. Daljit is a very good communicator with sixth formers, having been a teacher himself, and he talked engagingly about his life and work and read several passages, including a very funny and spirited reading of his poem Singh Song (a GCSE set text). The response from students was very positive, including some good questions, and I know that this visit inspired at least one student to start writing poetry themselves.

It is really encouraging when speakers from outside visit the island schools, as an individual school cannot organise this by itself, due to flight costs.”

Ross Montgomery - La Houguette School

Siobhan Burke, La Houguette School Teacher

“Our session with Ross this afternoon was fantastic. He had amazing presence and strategies with the children. Many thanks.”

Duncan Barrett - Beachwood School

Peter Sargent

“I just wanted to say thank you for organising Duncan’s visit today. The stories really have helped to develop an understanding of what it was like to be in the Channel Islands during the Second World War. I know that the children enjoyed the talk and it will definitely support the work we are doing in Year 6.”

Rangan Chatterjee - Blanchelande College

Emma Stafford-Bell – Exams Officer and Development Secretary:

“We were absolutely delighted that we had the opportunity for Rangan Chatterjee to come into Blanchelande College to talk to our pupils. His talk was very relevant to the age groups he spoke with and I believe that he really made an impact on the children he spoke to. After his talk, he was talking to pupils and teachers and was very happy to answer questions.”

Mimi Anderson - Ladies College

Hilary Richardson – Librarian:

“I can give you a one word quote: "inspirational" or a phrase: "the best speaker we have had in the Ladies' college library". Both of these are absolutely true. What an amazing lady Mimi is. Thanks for organising this for us.”

Hannah Jones. 12

“It was really interesting and really inspirational. I’d like to try harder, using her motivation”

Amelia Le Prevost, 12

She would use her story as inspiration of her own sporting activities.

“it’s incredible how she can motivate herself so well. My sport is swimming, so I will use that to be faster and push my limits”

Murray Lachlan Young - St Sampson’s High School

Julie Herbert – English teacher:

“The feedback from students and teachers has been very positive.  Murray managed to engage even our most challenging students. Our students asked a few tricky questions but these were handled well by Murray.”

Pupils:

“‘funny’, ‘Great how he included the pupils’ , ‘excellent sense of humour’, ‘wish it was longer’ and ‘I would have liked to hear more poems.’”

Other teachers:

“‘The pupils were thoroughly engaged’

‘I thought he grabbed students’ attention quickly and sustained it well. His own story of how his interest in poetry grew was inspirational.’”

Why Comics - Vale Junior School

Berto Fernandes, 10 said

“I just loving drawing. It was fun to meet the people from the comic book, they have a cool job”

Anne Niven, Guernsey Literary Festival volunteer

“Telling difficult stories about migration, refugees and climate change through comics is a great way to education them. It’s also a fantastic way to get children into reading”

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