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Primary Schools Day

Due to the COVID19 pandemic our School’s Day has been cancelled for 2020, we look forward to welcoming local primary school children again in 2021.

On Friday 14th June 2019, Greenwich Book Festival were delighted to again welcome hundreds of local state primary school children to our beautiful site at the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, to participate  in our free Schools Day events, offered at no cost to their schools or families.

The dedicated book festival day provided opportunities for local primary children to explore learning and creativity through books. The day was designed to provide young people with fun activities to enhance their enjoyment of literature, including: talks and workshops with well-known authors, storytelling and creative activities, meeting authors and book signings.

We were excited to be running sessions with author Onjali Q. Raúf, winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2019 [The Boy at the Back of the Class], author-illustrator duo Philip Ardagh and Elissa Elwick [The Wrong End of the Stick: Stick and Fetch Investigate], local Greenwich author Adam Baron [Boy Underwater] and author and professor of astrophysics Raman Prinja and illustrator Chris Wormell [Planetarium: Welcome to the Museum – Junior edition and activity book].




GBF Schools Day Timetable (subject to alteration each year)

Time Activity
10.00 -10:30 Arrive & welcome
10:30 -11:15 Workshop 1
11:15-11:45 Break & Book Signing
11:45-12:30 Workshop 2
12:30-13:00 Lunch Break & Book Signing
13:00-13:45 Workshop 3
13:45- 14:00 Book Signing


To allow as many schools to participate as possible, each school may bring one class (max. 35 pupils), the day is aimed a Key Stage 2 classes. If you are interested in bringing a large groups please contact us and we will see if we can accommodate your request. Please note our schools day is only available for schools withing the Royal Borough of Greenwich. Interested schools can send an expression of interest to: greenwichbookfest@gre.ac.uk

Author Book Signings:

One of the highlights of previous years has been the opportunity for the children getting to meet the authors at the end of each workshop and get books signed. Participating schools will be able to liaise with our festival booksellers to arrange to buy signed books for pupils to take home as a memory of the day – and to encourage further reading (further information about this will be sent to schools once booking is confirmed).

GBF Inclusion policy:

We welcome pupils with additional needs to attend the GBF Schools Day and will be happy to liaise with staff about any specific requirements needed. Most of the campus has disabled access.