Literary Festival Schools Day 2022 Tuesday 3rd May

 

 

Bring your pupils (Reception to Year 7) to join the fun with our fantastic line-up of children’s authors and performers, and enter our Short Story Competition. Tickets will be allocated on a first come first served basis. All government COVID restrictions will be adhered to.

Meet Authors

Meet authors Emma Carroll, Piers Torday, Christopher Lloyd and Chrissie Sains, and enjoy performances from Really Big Pants Theatre Company and Mr Dilly’s World of Wonder, plus workshops with Chris Shamwana and Emma Rea. There will be an opportunity to buy copies of the authors’ books at our festival bookshop and each event will be followed by a signing session in the Great Hall.

Spend the Day

Schools are welcome to tour the Castle’s collections (at no additional cost) and to explore, play games and picnic in the grounds between events.

There will be some limited undercover space for wet weather picnicking. Why not bring a gazebo and set up a base for the day?

Prices & Booking Details

Please select your provisional tickets by completing the Booking Request Form via the button below. We will confirm the bookings in first come first served order, responding with a confirmation email and payment details. Booking queries to Clare Proctor on accounts@chiddingstonecastle.org.uk or call 01892 870347. Each event costs £7.00 per pupil, teachers and home educators are free. Pre-booking is essential.

 

Art Classes Kent

Years R, 1 and 2

2:00-2:45

LAST FEW SEATS REMAINING

Really Big Pants Theatre Company - Clare and Cory Share a (Glorious) Story

WHERE’S THE CLASS BEAR?! Let us explain: Jane shares her train (batteries not included). Anmol shares his doll (wonky leg; mended several times). Michael shares his cycle (a trusty three-wheeler). Willow and Joe both have a go with a yo-yo BUT Clare NEVER EVER shares her pear until she loses the class bear (uh-oh). Enter Cory. Can he save the day with a story? Another ‘awesome’ show by Really Big Pants Theatre Company – with a glorious accompanying picture book, illustrated by the award-winning Steve Smallman of Poo in the Zoo fame! “The amazing Really Big Pants did it again, with their brand-new show. Joy from start to finish. We loved it!!” St Richard’s Primary School.

Art Classes Kent

Years 1 and 2

10:00-11:00

Chrissie Sains - The Treasure Under the Jam Factory

Join children’s author Chrissie Sains for a jam-tastic event about The Alien in the Jam Factory. Discover Chrissie’s journey to becoming a writer, her childhood adventures and using Chrissie’s mystery treasure chest of unusual objects, take part in a few games, which may or may not involve brussel sprouts! With time to hear a teaser from the book and ask plenty of questions, this event will encourage a love of storytelling and fuel imaginations!

Art Classes Kent

Years 3 and 4

10.00-11.00

Christopher Lloyd - It’s Up to Us: A Children’s Terra Carta for Nature, People and Planet

A lively, dynamic and highly interactive event with the much-loved author Christopher Lloyd, who has hosted events across the globe to thousands of people of all ages. In this brand-new event, the audience will take a journey through 4 billion years of Earth’s history to see how the planet’s climate has changed naturally, alongside the effects of human civilisation. Using his coat of many pockets containing everyday objects, Christopher will talk about how it is up to us to help our planet and what we can do in our everyday lives to halt the climate crisis and promote sustainability. It’s Up to Us is a unique collaboration with The Prince’s Foundation depicting the story of our planet so far, while providing hope to the next generation.

Art Classes Kent

Years 3 and 4

12:30 - 1:40

Mr Dilly presents

The Ancient Egyptians

plus Reading of our Short Story Competition winning entries, age 7-9

Make sure you take your seats in time for a ten-minute bonus event to hear the winning stories brought to life by voiceover artist Rachel Sellers. 

Then join Mr Dilly on a fearfully funny tour into the afterlife of the Ancient Egyptians! Learn how to pull a mummy’s brain out through its nose and other disgusting things you’d rather not know! Laugh until your insides hurt in a hilarious burst of foul fun, fascinating facts, and exciting entertainment for all! Educator, performer, presenter and writer, Mr Dilly is the Quizmaster for the National Reading Champions Quiz in association with The National Literacy Trust, and hosts Mr Dilly Meets, an online monthly literacy show for schools with guest authors.

Make sure you include a visit to the Egyptian exhibition inside Chiddingstone Castle and see the Mummy on the landing! Entry to the Castle is included in ticket price.

Art Classes Kent

Years 5, 6 and 7

11:15 - 12:15

Piers Torday - The Wild Before

Join award-winning and critically acclaimed author, Piers Torday, for an animated, interactive insight into how he became an author, what inspires him and the importance of sharing stories. Hear how he learned to write books through The Last Wild Trilogy, and why he has returned to this world in his latest book, and sequel to the series, The Wild Before. Bestselling author Piers is the winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize. ‘The new master of books for children’ The Times.

Art Classes Kent

Years 5, 6 and 7

1:55 - 3:05 LAST FEW SEATS REMAINING

Emma Carroll - The Week at World's End

plus Reading of our Short Story Competition winning entries, age 10-13

Make sure you take your seats in time for a ten-minute bonus event to hear the winning stories brought to life by voiceover artist Rachel Sellers. 

Then join Emma Carroll, the queen of historical fiction and award-winning author of Letters from the Lighthouse and Secrets of a Sun King, as she introduces her heart-warming and enthralling new historical adventure The Week at World’s End. Find out about life in the 1960s and the Cuban Missile Crisis in Emma’s most compelling book yet and pick up tips on how to write your own stories. ‘A superb feat of storytelling’ Hilary McKay.

Art Classes Kent

Years 3 and 4

Workshop 1: SOLD OUT - Workshop 2: SOLD OUT

Chris Shamwana - Design a Book Jacket

Don’t judge a book by its cover! But we all do. Meet Chris. He designs jackets for all sorts of books, some of which might already be on your bookshelves. Learn some tricks of the trade like choosing the correct image for your book jacket, which colours work best, what’s the difference between typefaces and fonts, and design your very own bestseller. Materials provided. £7 per pupil, limited to 30 spaces per session. 

Art Classes Kent

Years 5, 6 and 7

Workshop 1: SOLD OUT - Workshop 2: SOLD OUT

Emma Rea - Creative Writing Workshop

Join Emma Rea, author of the thrilling eco-adventure My Name is River, on a journey from rural Wales into the Amazon rainforest. Learn how to use an exotic setting and unusual vocabulary to make your stories and characters come alive, then share your ideas and writing - and hear how they sound aloud! ‘The kind of adventure everyone likes to imagine when young, about being ingenious and brave and outwitting adults’ Sunday Times Book of the Week, ‘Fantastically original adventure…both funny and timely’ New Statesman. £7 per pupil, limited to 30 spaces per session. 

Encourage your pupils to enter our 2022 Short Story Competition!

 

We all love a good story. So here’s a chance for your pupils to show off their storytelling skills. Write a story in 500 words on the topic ‘My Amazing Invention’. The Short Story Competition is open to children aged 7-9 and 10-13. Winning entries will be read out on our Schools Day and published in Britannica Magazine. Prizes include complimentary tickets to hear Michael Morpurgo on Sunday 1 May plus a goody bag of books. 

Britannica Magazine, a brand-new monthly non-fiction monthly magazine for all the family, has come up with a special Chiddingstone Castle offer: every pupil attending the Literary Festival Schools Day will receive a free copy of Britannica Magazine to take home if their school signs up for an annual subscription (£59.99 print and digital) in advance or on the day. The school will also receive a free copy of Britannica Children’s Encyclopedia (worth £25) for their School Library as a welcome gift. Click here to sign up now or find out more at www.britannicamagazine.com

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