Posted on 06/03/2012
Pupils show off their creations at a past R:Fest event.
The seventh annual Runnymede International Literary Festival has been awarded the London 2012 Inspire Mark for its Olympic themed community workshops.
The festival, which has former Poet Laureate Sir Andrew Motion and The Man Booker Prize winner Hilary Mantel as patrons, is organised by Royal Holloway, University of London and Runnymede Borough Council with the aim of making national and international writers and poets accessible to the community and inspiring a love of literature.
It includes a series of workshops for schoolchildren across the South East designed to engage pupils in a range of fun literary themed activities.
This year’s workshops include: a collaboration with Arsenal Football Club to look at how ancient Greek traditions have influenced football and other modern sports; a music production masterclass where pupils will be challenged by a singer and songwriter Matshidiso to create an Olympic song; and a graphic communication project with students using a line from an Alfred Tennyson poem, chosen to inspire athletes, to produce a creative reflection of their perspective of Olympic ideals.
The Inspire Mark was awarded in recognition of the festival’s role in inspiring children to celebrate creative elements of the Olympic Games.
Tanya Popeau, Arts Outreach Officer at Royal Holloway and organiser of the workshops, said: “It seemed obvious to theme this year’s workshops on the Olympic Games. We have managed to produce a really exciting range of workshops that I think will really help to inspire the schoolchildren taking part.”
The Runnymede International Literary Festival, which is sponsored by Procter and Gamble, also includes a series of readings, discussions and performances held at the Royal Holloway campus in Egham and at the Centre for Creative Collaboration in London between 8 and 17 March.
For more information please visit the Runnymede International Literary Festival website.