Festival of Literature

In February I covered a number of events for the 2019 Festival Of Literature at Bishop’s Stortford College.

The festival featured a busy schedule of talks and workshops by authors and illustrators,  aimed primarily at children and young people.  However, there were also events open to the public, with some of the speakers taking part inboth events for the children and evening appearances for adult audiences.

Illustrator Nick Schon draws for a class of pre-prep pupils

Many of the public events took place in the school’s Ferguson Lecture Theatre, whilst the childrens’ events took place in the prep school and pre-prep school halls.

Chris Riddell discusses his work with children from local schools

Stage photography is one of my core skills so these events were familiar work for me – performers working with an audience. However, unlike most stage work, there was no dedicated lighting in the school halls and the talks were lit simply by fluorescent lighting.

Robin Ince gave a hilarious 2 hour talk to the public

The speakers were aimed at a range of ages from very young children just starting out in education, through teenagers, to adults who attended the public events.

Childrens’ authors and illustrators such as Jackie Morris & James Mayhew, Sarah Macintyre, Chris Riddell and Nick Schon entertained the younger children, whilst Radio 4 presenter and comedian Robin Ince and art critic Andrew Graham-Dixon engaged the adults.

Debs Newbold talked to prep school students about Shakespeare

Actress and performer Debs Newbold gave life to the characters of Shakespeare in a talk to students in the prep school hall.

Author and illustrator Sarah MacIntyre spoke to younger students about her illustration work

This was a great series of events to be a part of and I enjoyed covering all these events for the college.

The Festival of Literature was supported by the Bishops Stortford Independent local newspaper.