Festival aims to inspire young people with the wonder of words for a fifth year

Pupils at the City Academy help with the launch of the programme for the FLY Festival of Literature for Young People. With the pupils are, Mary Sparrow, 3rd left, principal; Hannah Tough, 4th left, festival director; Mary Sparrow, principal; Viviane Palmer, 5th left, librarian; Alexander Gordon Smith, back 4th right, patron; Hannah Boag, 3rd right, leader of english; and Antoinette Moses, front centre, producer.


City Academy Norwich pupils are among those set to take part a new theatre project at this year’s FLY Festival.

Six schools have been chosen to be involved in the playwrighting project which will see UEA MA playwrights work with students from the different schools to write 15-minute plays. The six plays will then be produced and performed by UEA actors on Monday, July 10 as part of the festival programme.

The playwrighting project was the idea of FLY Festival producer Antoinette Moses.

She said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for students to create work and then have a chance to see it produced on stage. We’ve hoped to run it for a while, but now thanks to donations from UEA alumni, we can make it happen.”

The schools taking part include: City Academy Norwich, Sewell Park Academy, Cliff Park Ormiston Academy, Long Stratton High School, Hewett Academy and King’s Lynn Academy.