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Literature Festival 2017

Authors in Schools
How to build a Superhero
Can you create a brand new Superhero? Poet and writer Rory Payne shows you how to build a character from scratch, using just your imagination and a few starter ideas. This workshop is accessible for KS1 -2 and is the perfect means to engage young children in creative writing. 
Available for visits on Wednesday 1 and Thursday 2 March 2017
Suitable for KS1 - KS2
Celebrate World Book Day 2017 with a visit to your school from one of our Lichfield Festival Authors, Storytellers or Workshop Leaders. All events cost just £150 per session. Author events cater for audiences of up to 200 and workshops for a class of up to 32 pupils (unless otherwise stated).  Sessions are extremely limited and early booking is advisable Contact us on 01543 306270 or education@lichfieldfestival.org
Story-Makers
Working with the Festival’s experienced drama practitioners, your class will learn how to become master Story-Makers; using creative games and role play to explore plot sequences, language use and characterisation.  This is an ideal workshop to encourage the beginnings of creative-story writing for younger children. Please notify us when booking if there is a particular focus/theme you would like us to include in your session.
Suitable for EYFS/KS1
Available for visits on Friday 3 March 2017
Elspeth Hart and the Magnificent Rescue Elspeth has escaped the clutches of the dastardly Miss Crabb and her sidekick Gladys Goulash and now she’s determined to find her parents. After the dim-witted Gladys let slip that they’d been sent to Australia, Elspeth sets off on their trail, with the help of her best friend Rory and his snooty butler, Mr Tunnock. But Elspeth needs her wits about her as she ventures through the rainforest – there’s something whiffy in the air. Could it be that Elspeth hasn’t seen the last of her enemies? A fast-paced and funny story from a fresh new voice in children’s fiction, Elspeth Hart’s quirky adventures will delight fans of David Walliams, Lemony Snicket and Roald Dahl
Sarah Forbes
Sarah Forbes was born in Aberdeen and currently lives in Edinburgh. She used to work on magazines, interviewing pop stars for a living, but now she works as an editor, helping other writers to create their own stories
Available for visits on Wednesday 1 and Thursday 2 March 2017
Suitable for KS2 / Ages 7-11 Poppy Pym #2: Poppy Pym and the Double Jinx Curses: load of rubbish or for real? Super sleuth Poppy must figure it out when trouble strikes ‘cursed’ play Macbeth… People say Shakespeare’s Macbeth brings bad luck to all who try to stage it. In the case of the Brimwell town production, this seems to be true. An arsonist has struck, burning down the venue. Now the play has been moved to Poppy’s school. But the attacks aren’t over – and the fact that it’s Halloween just makes things creepier. Can Poppy find the culprit and save the play? Circus star. Super sleuth. Mystery buster. Queen of surprises. If Poppy isn’t your best friend yet – why not?  New from the winner of the Montegrappa Scholastic Prize. The second book about Poppy –  sleuth and circus star. Addictive school story mixed with a Halloween mystery. Great if you love  Enid Blyton or Murder Most Unladylike Laura Wood - Author Born and raised in Lichfield and now an award-winning children’s author, Laura Wood comes to your school to talk about her career as a writer, gives her tips on how to write the best possible story and shares the secrets behind her series of adventures stories. Available for visits on Wednesday 1 and Thursday 2 March 2017 Suitable for KS2 / Ages 7-11