New digital, secondary school resources from Bradford Literature Festival

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Bradford Literature Festival is delighted to announce that its Education Programme for 2021 is now live. Short, engaging films, supported with teaching packs, by an exciting array of well known authors, poets and illustrators, are available free on our website.

Bradford Literature Festival is delighted to announce that its Education Programme for 2021 is now live.

Following consultation with schools, this year we have produced a programme of short, engaging films by an exciting array of talent including well known authors, poets and illustrators including Patrice Lawrence, Ruta Sepetys and Geraldine McCaughrean. Read on for more details.  The aim is to connect children to big ideas and new ways of thinking!  Each short film is supported by activity ideas and learning packs. You can access all the resources via the Bradford Literature Festival website.


  • Multi award-winning author, Patrice Lawrence, introduces her book Eight Pieces of Silva and talks about the importance of voice, character and seeing yourself reflected in books.
  • C G Moore talks about telling LGBTQ+ stories, self confidence and allyship as he discusses his verse novel, Gut Feelings and reflects on his own experiences with sexuality and chronic illness as a young person.
  • Jeffrey Boakye offers a fascinating insight into Black History through popular music in Musical Truth and encourages young people to select a song that helps to reflect their experiences and stories.
  • International bestselling young adult author Ruta Sepetys also discusses history and her passion for uncovering and writing about Hidden Histories.

For older students Bradford based actor Mez Galaria presents twice Carnegie Medal winning author Geraldine McCaughrean’s list of The Ten Most Powerful Women in Shakespeare. With details on the plays they feature in, potted biographies and memorable quotes, there are some fascinating insights - this is a useful tool for revision too!

Aspiring writers will find inspiration in a film by journalist and author Saima Mir, The Road to Becoming a Writer.  Saima hails from Bradford and discusses her career offering sage advice about how she got started.

Graphic novelist Isabel Greenberg talks about the Bronte’s incredible juvenilia and how this became the inspiration for her book Glass Town, she offers viewers the chance to see some of her original artwork.  It’s a brilliant way to bring the authors to life!

Performance poet extraordinaire, Joelle Taylor, offers some advice on creating poems for Slams in a fantastic, high energy workshop.

There’s a vast amount to discover!  I hope you find these resources useful and we’re keen for your feedback so please complete the survey at the end of each film.

For stories and ideas that will last a lifetime, the adventure begins at Bradford Literature Festival. 


Published: 30/06/2021
Audience: Secondary school, sixth form, FE teachers
Contact: Ros Dawson

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