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University becomes Creative Partner of local children’s literature festival

The University of Roehampton has become the exclusive Creative Partner for Barnes Children’s Literature Festival, London’s largest event dedicated to children’s writing.

Posted: 21 March 2016

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Professor Dame Jacqueline Wilson, the Chancellor of the University of Roehampton will be a guest of honour at the festival.
Paid and voluntary work experience opportunities will be available for students from the Department of English and Creative Writing and Department of Media, Culture and Language, as well as involvement of academic staff at the festival. Free and discounted tickets for events will also be available for Roehampton staff and students.

This year’s festival will take place on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 May 2016 and will feature Dame Jacqueline Wilson, the Chancellor of the University of Roehampton as guest of honour at the festival.

Barnes Children’s Literature Festival takes place on and around Barnes Pond, encompassing local venues and supported by a range of local businesses. It has run for two years, increasing substantially in size, reflecting its greater popularity, and is set to be the second largest festival of its kind in the county.

Previous authors featured at the festival include Axel Scheffler, co-creator of The Gruffalo, poet and Roehampton Honorary Graduate Roger McGough and the winner of The Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, Piers Torday.

The new agreement is one of a number of partnerships developed by the Department of English and Creative Writing to strengthen their work in the local community and support the Capital's arts scene. Other partnerships include Wimbledon Bookfest and the Imagine Children’s Festival at the Southbank Centre.

The Department of English and Creative Writing offers a rich programme of courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, taught by lecturers with international research reputations and a passion for teaching. The department is home to the National Centre for Research in Children's Literature, which promotes academic excellence in research into children’s literature.

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