Thumbs up for St Swithun’™s Lit Fest

On July 9, St Swithun’s School hosted its inaugural Literary Festival, featuring 45 authors and performers, 58 workshops and 1000 visitors

The Winchester school welcomed Austentatious, performing at St Swithun’s after their sell-out national tour. Daljit Nagra also performed and ran a workshop. His last two poetry collections have both been shortlisted for the TS Eliot poetry prize. He read from his latest poetic offering, his translation of the Indian epic, the Ramayana. London-based stand-up poet Laurie Bolger had an enthusiastic audience for her lively performance in the marquee.

Events on offer included workshops in bookbinding and food writing; a walking retreat to a local nature reserve; a debate on the future of the book and talks on ghostwriting and short story writing.

Festival organiser and English teacher Claire Goymour commented: “I’m so excited that St Swithun’s hosted this festival. The school was buzzing with activity: it’s so thrilling to witness a love for reading and literature being brought alive in this way. Thanks to everyone who contributed.”

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