Swindon Youth Festival of Literature

Last week students from The Dorcan Academy took part in the Swindon Youth Festival of Literature 2021. We welcomed the Carnegie award winning Anthony McGowan who inspired year 8s and 9s with several ‘chat and read’ sessions. He also visited 9FR1 during DEAR and read a chapter of their tutor read book, ‘Lark’, which he just happened to write! What an amazing experience!

Year 7 participated in a poetry workshop with multi slam champion poet Ash Dickinson. We had some epic poems written by our enthusiastic Year 7s by the end of the session and lots of them had a very different idea of what poetry is all about.  

The author Onjali Q Rauf recorded a special event for the Festival. Our Year 7s and 8s have been watching her inspirational talk during Library lessons and really enjoying it. Jacob in Year 7 who won the competition to redesign the cover of Boy at the Back of the Class was the lucky student who was able to ask Onjali a question on behalf of The Dorcan Academy. Well done Jacob.

We also had 2 winners in the Inter School Festival competitions. Faye in Year 8 was awarded 2nd place in the poetry competition, judged by Ash Dickinson and Marshall in Year 11 came 3rd in the Creative Writing competition which was judged by the award-winning author Tom Palmer. Congratulations to them both!


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The Dorcan Academy is a charitable company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales under company number 07831414. The registered office is St. Paul’s Drive, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN3 5DA.