Reading is Magic Festival

From Bath Festivals

Resource type: Literature Festival

Price band: Free

Key stage: KS1, KS2, KS3

Region(s): All of UK

The Reading is Magic Festival is a free online literature festival for primary and secondary schools. In 2022, the Reading is Magic Festival runs from 26th – 30th September.

The festival provides a programme of readings, discussions and workshops by best-selling authors, illustrators and poets that celebrate five key themes from Cressida Cowell’s Waterstones Children’s Laureate Charter:

”every child has the right to…

  • … be creative for at least 15 minutes a week
  • … have a planet to read on
  • … see themselves reflected in a book
  • …have some choice in what they read
  • … read for the joy of it

This year’s line-up includes Dapo Adeola and Swapna Haddow, Kwame Alexander, Sophie Anderson, Joseph Coelho, Emily Gravett, Gareth P. Jones, Benjamin Zephaniah and Onyinye Iwu. See the website for the full schedule of events.

Events will be available to view on the relevant event page from the time and day listed and will then be available to view on demand until 31st December 2022. Viewing information and regular updates are available via the Reading is Magic Festival e-newsletter.

All video events will have captions and a British Sign Language interpreter. The Festival has also partnered with Calibre Audio to ensure that children who struggle to access print can enjoy audio editions of a selection of the books featured in the programme.

Cost: Free.

About Reading is Magic Festival: The Reading is Magic Festival is a partnership between festivals and programmers across the world, including Aké Arts and Book Festival, Bath Children’s Literature Festival, Bocas Lit Fest, BookTrust, Empathy Lab, New Dutch Writing, Scottish Book Festivals Network, Toronto International Festival of Authors and Waterstones Children’s Laureate.

Further resources:

  • Teaching resources for many of the events are made available on the website and there is also a template for festival bunting and a free poster to download.
  • Events from previous festivals are available to view for a one-off memberships cost of £5.
  • Find other literature festivals with dedicated schools programmes here.
  • Find further resources to help support pupils’ access to authors here.

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