• Nearly 5,000 young people benefit from the Schools Programme, which is supported by the Isle of Wight Literary Festival. Authors, illustrators, poets and theatre groups go into the island schools to inspire, entertain and educate the next generation.


The Schools Programme was first introduced as part of the Isle of Wight Literary Festival’s Youth Programme in 2014. Its aim is to inspire thousands of Island children to read, write, listen and tell stories, by bringing authors, storytellers and performers into a wide range of Island schools over a two day period. Due to Covid restrictions, in 2020 and 2021 the Schools Programme was cancelled. Plans are underway for the 2022 Schools Programme.

2019 Schools Programme

Jane Porter, Mo O’Hara, Matt Brown, Jules Marriner, Paul Lyalls, Peta Rainford, Karl Nova and Steve Webb are among the writers, poets and illustrators who took part in the 2019 Schools Programme.

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