Clifton College celebrates Book Week 2016

Clifton College celebrates Book Week 2016


As part of Book Week, pupils across the Preparatory School spent a week celebrating literature through a series of events ranging from author visits and book readings, to fancy dress.

John Dougherty visit

The week kicked off on Monday 7th November when known children’s author John Dougherty came to visit the Preparatory School. John is an advocate for children’s reading and literature and has written many popular comedy books, including the infamous Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face series.

John visited pupils from Nursery to Year 5 and ran a poetry workshop with Year 3. He told the children how he wanted to write the most ridiculous stories he could possibly think up and how just noticing the little things all around us every day can provide the inspiration for stories. John incorporated fun songs and readings from his books to illustrate his points about writing and had pupils laughing throughout the session.

John also spoke to Clifton parents about supporting reading for pleasure at a Coffee Morning held in the Pre Library.

Teri Terry talk

On Tuesday 8th November we were delighted to welcome the author Teri Terry to the Preparatory School to speak to Year 8. Teri is the queen of teen psychological thrillers and is the author of the highly popular dystopian trilogy, Slated. We were all completely gripped as Teri gave a fascinating talk about her life as a writer and discussed where she draws her inspiration from.  

Roald Dahl Character Parade

On Thursday morning, pupils in the Preparatory School participated in a fancy dress parade as their favourite Roald Dahl characters. The judges, Miss Swallow, Miss Collier-Baker and Mrs Jones, had the very difficult task of choosing the winners as the standard was incredibly high with some wonderful costumes worn for the occasion. A successful morning of parading was rewarded with a Roald Dahl themed lunch for all which included 'Wormy Spaghetti' from The Twits and 'George's Marvellous Jelly'.

Prizes were also awarded to pupils for winning the Preparatory School Library’s “Design a Bookmark” competition.

In the afternoon it was the turn of the Pre-Preparatory School pupils to parade for their parents in all of their wonderful Roald Dahl costumes. This was followed by a Scholastic Book Fair and a cake and second hand book sale which raised £398 for Children In Need.

Matt Haig visit and book signing

To round off our Book Week, on Friday 11th November we welcomed the award-winning author Matt Haig to The Redgrave Theatre where Year 4 were joined by 250 pupils from schools across Bristol.

Matt Haig is an internationally acclaimed writer. His first children’s book Shadow Forest won both the Nestle/Smarties Prize and the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award and his latest adult book Reasons to Stay Alive spent 15 weeks in the Sunday Times bestseller list. Matt came to talk about his latest book, The Girl Who Saved Christmas, which is the magical sequel to A Boy Called Christmas, a new festive classic that sold over 35,000 copies during Christmas last year. Matt got us all into the Christmas spirit with an action packed talk that included lots of fun and games!

Book Week ended with smiles and excitement and we would like to thank everyone, especially the guest authors, for making this possible. Flick through the gallery below to see photos of the activities and the fantastic fancy dress costumes.