Excitement for pupils at launch

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IT was all about the written word when pupils from across the area gathered for a festival launch.

The Ormiston Six Villages Academy welcomed primary school pupils from Yapton, Walberton & Binsted, Slindon and Aldingbourne, as well as secondary students from St Philip Howard Catholic High School, to the launch of their very own Arun Literary Festival.

The launch session, which was run with the help of the school’s literary bookworms from Years 7 and 9, saw students designing their own voting boxes for each of the books they will be reading, creating logos for the festival and making bookmarks. The winning logo will then be used by the festival in future years.

Conceived by Ormiston’s Mrs Farley and Miss Barkworth, the festival aims to promote a love of reading for pleasure.

It will see students reading a number of books over the year-long festival from a variety of authors.

Students will then vote for a winner.

Ben Pettitt, commissioning editor for Harper-Collins, joined students to talk to them about all aspects of publishing – from the first idea to being on the shelves in a library or book shop.

Students were surprised to learn the author rarely gets to choose the book cover and that lots of the books we read are printed in Italy or China.