Do We Still Believe Books Matter to our Children?
Melvin Burgess, Anne Fine, Jamila Gavin and Graham Tyrer
Do we still believe that books matter to our children? If so, why are libraries closing and literature reduced to extracts in school, as if solely for the purpose of jumping through hoops? Is the chance to read widely being squeezed between the pressure of regimented schooling and an increasingly pervasive digital ‘tablet culture’? And what can parents do? Join bestselling children’s writers Melvin Burgess, Anne Fine and Jamila Gavin and school literacy guru Graham Tyrer to debate these challenging questions and find out the books that shaped them as they grew up.
What are the books that shaped your childhood? Join the debate by tweeting your favourite childhood book that shaped you as you grew up @cheltfestivals #cheltlitfest
This event is sponsored by the Summerfield Charitable Trust in memory of Jan Urban-Smith, who, in her role as a Trustee, helped to make Gloucestershire a better place.
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