As preparations for the annual Literary Festival at eight Hampshire secondary schools get underway, a new logo has been chosen for 2018. Each year all the schools run a competition for pupils to design a suitable logo reflecting the themes of the festival – reading, creative writing, poetry and illustration. The Romsey School were successful once again as Year Nine pupil, Poppy Jeves’ logo was voted the best this year. Poppy, a pupil librarian and keen reader designed a logo around a head full of books. All the schools agreed that this was appropriate for an event which aims to get pupils reading. She was presented with book tokens by Head Teacher, Colm McKavanagh.
The Literary Festival takes place over two weeks starting on 23rd June. The participating schools will be welcoming a variety of visitors including popular authors Andy Briggs, Dan Freedman, Tanya Landman and Alan Gibbons along with performance poets, illustrators and storytellers. It will also feature the popular inter-school Poetry Slam event. This is the ninth annual festival held by the schools, an event which has grown in size and popularity each year. Since it began around 200 visitors have appeared and around 34,000 students have participated in events.