Seventy two pupils from neighbouring schools Monyash, Highfields, Lady Manners, St. Anne’s Baslow, Youlgrave and All Saints Matlock visited S. Anselm’s on Monday to take part in our very own literature festival. Pupils from all schools involved, including S. Anselm’s, were mixed together in creative writing workshops delivered by writers Chris Wakling and CJ Flood.
The overarching theme of the workshops was ‘Truth + Lies = Fiction’ and pupils were asked to take a real experience from their lives and then work on it to make it into a work of fiction. Concentration in the workshops was intense and some fine ideas came to the surface. On Tuesday, a further 104 pupils will be visiting us for another series of workshops from the same writers. These pupils are from Pilsley, Walton Holymoorside, Totley Primary, Bakewell Methodist and Arbourthorne. Pupils have until Thursday afternoon to complete the final drafts of their stories. These will be entered into our Junior Short Story Competition (if they are in years five or six) or our Senior Short Story Competition (if they are in year seven, eight or Kinder).
On Friday 20th May, we are holding an evening event to celebrate the hard work of all of the children involved in the festival. Prizes will be awarded for the winning stories. The evening starts at 6.30 pm with drinks and nibbles on the Headmaster’s Lawn with musical accompaniment from the Royal Northern College of Music. There will be a pop-up bookshop run by ‘Rhyme and reason’ bookshop in Sheffield. At 7.30pm, we will move to Hargreave’s Hall to hear the winning stories being read – and prizes awarded - by actors you may well recognise and by a popular local writer. It should be a fun evening and it would be great to see lots of our pupils and parents there. Please email the office to let them know you are coming.