Deadline looms for Welwyn Garden City Festival of Words

TIME is running out to get your entries in for the first ever WGC literature festival.

Youngsters aged between seven and 16 with a passion for reading, writing and public speaking have until Tuesday, November 30, to enter the inaugural WGC Festival of Words, which is being held in March 2011.

Festival of Words chairman and founder Jean Hughes said the event had already attracted a large amount of interest, particularly from schools, and urged anyone still thinking about entering to do so now.

“There’s only six days left until the closing date, so get your entries in ASAP,” Mrs Hughes said.

There is a range of categories each child can enter, from reading a poem or a passage of a book from a selection of chosen titles, to composing their own verse or short story to read aloud.

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“Everyone who enters will get a certificate and written appraisal,” said festival secretary Christine Hester.

“This is a great way for young people to develop confidence in communication and public speaking skills.”

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The festival is being backed by Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps, who has been made honorary president, as well as number of companies from around the area.

Syllabuses and entry forms are available from Maher the Bookseller in the Howard Centre, WGC, as well as most schools, churches and libraries in the borough.

Alternatively, email Jean Hughes for a copy at

*Organisers are still looking for businesses to sponsor categories and prizes. Anyone who is interested in getting involved should contact Jean on the email above.

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