Literature Festival 2016

In October 2016, we experienced another amazing ten days of international authors, speakers and debates across Cheltenham. We sponsored a number of events that were introduced by girls, welcomed world-renowned speakers into College and reserved hundreds of tickets for girls to attend events. A large number of the CLC community secured event tickets though College and then joined us for tea at the festival with the Principal, The Sunday Times Editorial Director Eleanor Mills, and other speakers.

Sponsored events included talks by the authors Sebastian Faulks and Robin Stevens (Guild 2006) and debates around the gender pay gap, Obama, justice and privacy. Each was introduced by a current girl, who had the opportunity to meet and talk with the speakers beforehand.

At College we welcomed journalist, author and advocate for women’s issues in China, Xinran, China correspondent Rob Schmitz and Beijing writer and journalist Alec Ash. Later in the week Sebastian James CEO of Dixons/Carphone Warehouse spoke to the girls, followed by a riveting insight in to modern politics BBC’s James Naughtie.

The Festival showcased artwork from our current girls, highlighting our art scholarships and the level of talent being nurtured at College.

SFC girls had access to tickets for over 30 events and younger girls were given opportunities to attend events on the impact on IT on journalism, the value of the selfie, 'wild' writers, book reviews and Marcus Sedgwick. All in all a very busy and rewarding festival.

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