During the penultimate week of term, CAN students were invited to a series of workshops, author talks and activities as part of the University of East Anglia’s Festival of Literature for Young People. Now in its fifth year, the ‘FLY’ Festival attracts leading figures from the world of children’s literature to inspire and encourage students with an interest in literature and creative writing. City Academy had the pleasure of attending a number of events at the UEA, in addition to a session run at ‘The Garage’ in the city centre, and an all-day event held at CAN at the conclusion of the festival.
The week began with a visit to see Matt Windle, who combines poetry with boxing. After hearing from Matt, students were encouraged to have a go at writing their own poems. On Tuesday, students heard from Martyn Bedford, who spoke of his journey into writing after a career as a journalist. Later in the day, students heard from Debs Newbold, who mesmerised and captivated students with her take on Shakespeare’s ‘King Lear’. On the Wednesday, students went to UEA to see Clare Furniss, who tells stories of family and memory through the perspective of teenagers, and BREIS (pronounced ‘breeze’), who combines poetry and storytelling with song. In the afternoon, students heard from Marcus Alexander, who captivated students with tales from his time travelling the world.
Towards the end of the week, students had the opportunity to hear from Andy Briggs twice - at UEA on Thursday and again at CAN on Friday. To conclude the festival, authors from the Writers’ Centre Norwich and UEA student ambassadors came to CAN to work with our incoming Year 7 students on a range of interactive workshops and activity sessions, supported by our outstanding ‘FLY Prefects’ and CAN’s English department (in full costume as Hogwarts professors). A wonderful week was had by all, and students from all year groups thoroughly enjoyed the range of activities and talks available.