Harris Academies
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East Dulwich Literary Festival - Student Events

Our East Dulwich Literary Festival 2016 has a range of events for our students too.

In the lead-up to our festival, students will be looking at the theme of Growing Up in their English lessons through texts such as Pygmalion, Refugee Boy, Frankenstein, Of Mice and Men and Kindertransport

Throughout the week our students will have opportunities to see performances, take part in workshops and contribute to our school time capsule. 

Year 7

Big Wheel Book Show. A big hit last year, Big Wheel will return to run two workshops for the whole of Year 7 on how to approach new books and literary analysis.

Play in a Day. Year 7 will prepare and perform a play in a day in true Literary Festival tradition. This year’s play will be Shakespeare’s Tempest!

Storytelling with Sandra Agard. Whole year assembly performance entitled ‘Telling Tales’.

Year 8

Elderly Pen Pal. Year 8 will correspond with residents of a local elderly care home, relaying their experiences of going to school and growing up in the local area.  Project to conclude in a tea party hosted at Harris Girls’ Academy, East Dulwich.

Paperbirds Theatre co. Three hour workshop using the stimulus of Growing Up as a starting point to devise an original piece of performance. Pupils from Harris Primary, East Dulwich will attend the final performance at the end of the day.

Acton Info. Whole year performance around famous texts that look at the theme of growing up – but using forum theatre to study the characters and their motivations and feelings.

Year 9

Author Marianne Kavanagh. Local author to talk about her book, Don’t Get Me Wrong.

Veteran Players. A performance by ex-service men and women, the Veteran Players of Shakespeare’s history play, Richard III.

Enterprise Bookshop. Following on from last year’s success, Tales on Half Moon Lane will return to run their enterprise workshop, culminating in a pop-up bookshop for Harris Primary.

Across all year groups

Debate Event. Prepared motions debated in front of audience. Including teachers vs students.

Time Capsule. Artefacts on the theme of Growing Up to be buried in a ceremony on the school grounds.

School Play. Annie the Musical to be performed three nights in the evenings of the festival.

Spelling Bee. Pupils from local primary schools to compete in a spelling competition.

The school bookshop ‘Tales on the Rye’, run in partnership with ‘Tales on Moon Lane, will be running a pop-up bookshop at all events.

Black British Poetry. We have been running special projects such as lectures on Black British Poetry with Dr Leila Kamali from Goldsmith’s Caribbean and Diaspora Centre and some of the outcomes of this work will be celebrated during the festival.