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The Festival programme also includes

  • Creative Writing Competition – 500 words story inspired by an image.  Entries are judged by one of our Festival authors – this year it will be the amazing keeper of the codes…Helen Dennis!

  • Illustration Competition – Works of art inspired from a section of text from the Carnegie 2023 winner and judged by children’s author and illustrator Steve Antony.  The winners will have the exciting opportunity to participate in an illustration workshop run by Steve.

  • Poetry Competition - A poem based on this year’s National Poetry theme of Refuge judged by the award-winning poet Ash Dickinson.


All competitions are run through the school library in each participating school. The competitions cannot be entered on this page. Please contact your librarian for details of entering any of the competitions or if you have any queries about the competitions. All Librarians’ details can be found on the Librarians page.

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Our Inter-school Book Quiz finishes off the week on Friday 10th November at The Ridgeway School. This is always a highly competitive event between the schools’ bookworms. Will Great Western Academy retain the title in 2023 and who will challenge them to the trophy? It is all to play for!

Meet The Judges!

Ash Dickinson

Helen Dennis

Steve Antony

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