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Primary Schools Day

On Friday 14th June, Greenwich Book Festival are delighted to again be welcoming 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 provides opportunities for local primary children to explore learning and creativity through books. The day is 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.

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.

This year we are 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]. For further details about each event please download the GBF Schools Day Event Info document here.

GBF Schools Day Timetable

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


Interested schools can send an expression of interest to: greenwichbookfest@gre.ac.uk PLEASE NOTE THAT SCHOOLS DAY 2019 IS NOW FULLY BOOOKED, WE WILL BE OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS AGAIN NEXT YEAR.

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.

Other events for children during GBF 2019  

As well as the Schools Day, there are plenty of other fun activities for children during the festival – which runs after school on Friday 14th June, all day on Saturday 15th June and a special event at Greenwich Theatre on Sunday 16th June – please share details about the festival in your school newsletters and invite parents, carers and staff to come along and enjoy a day inspired by books!