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Freeflow festival schools programme

freeflow festival carouselAll events are entirely FREE but booking is required, and we are keen to involve as many young students as possible. The day is primarily aimed at Year 10 students but you may wish to bring along talented Year 9 pupils, or older learners (the events for on the public programme are also open to schools).

All events for the schools programme will take place in the Oculus building on central campus. To make your booking please email the following details to events at warwick dot ac dot uk

  • Lead contact name and position
  • School name
  • List of events you would like to book and number of pupils and staff attending each event. Please separate out pupil and staff numbers.

We will try to accommodate as many bookings as we can but numbers are limited and places will be given on a first come first served basis in the order in which we receive email bookings.

Schools programme

News Academy: ‘Behind the News’ workshop 12.15 - 1.45pm or 2.15 - 3.45pm - FULLY BOOKED
A hands on introduction to journalism and the tools of the trade run by the team from News UK’s prestigious News Academy. Pupils will learn how to spot a story, pen a headline, and write in a way which will capture the reader’s interest.
Hosts for the workshop will be:

  • The Sunday Times apprentice journalist Shingi Maraike. Shingi attended the Young Journalists’ Academy before gaining a place on the News Academy summer school. This year, Shingi graduated from the University of Warwick, where he was editor-in-chief of the student newspaper, the Boar. He is now the first ever apprentice at The Sunday Times, and studying for his NCTJ as part of the apprenticeship.
  • Viv Regan runs the News Academy at News UK, is director of the Young Journalists' Academy and managing editor at the online current-affairs magazine, spiked. She previously was the co-director of online citizen-TV channel WORLDbytes.
  • The News Academy is an initiative of News UK and works in partnership with the highly regarded Young Journalists’ Academy (YJA). It has a clear mission to invest in the future of journalism, and to help and inspire the next generation of those who might one day work in the industry.

Workshop: Video Games and Digital Narrative, 12.15 - 1.45pm or 2.15 - 3.45pm - FULLY BOOKED
The video games industry is really popular with young writers. Their stories are getting increasingly complex, to the point that some studios now hire full-time writers to cope with the demand for this complexity.
In this hands on workshop, pupils will work with a computer application called Twine to create story boards for a video game. And the great thing is that once they are done, they can publish their story online, for others to ‘play’..
It’s not only fun, but also has real-world use. These story board apps are what major games studios like TellTale Games and Bioware use when planning their stories and they can also be used to plan literary narratives. It’s a great exercise on cause-consequence chains and action-driven narrative as something always has to happen.
The workshop will be hosted by:

  • Gonzalo C. Garcia, a novelist and avid gamer who uses video games and their stories in his own writing.
  • Tim Leach, a novelist, specialising in historical fiction. His first novel, The Last King of Lydia, was published in 2013 and shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize that year. A sequel, The King and the Slave was published in 2014.’
  • Jack McGowan, a poet and performer interested in new media in contemporary poetry, 20th century UK poetry and poetics, digital literature, video game narratives, and new creative writing pedagogies.’


Shakespeare on Toast with Ben Crystal, 4.00 - 5.00pm
Who's afraid of William Shakespeare? Just about everyone. He wrote too much and what he did write is inaccessible and elitist. Right? Wrong. Ben Crystal knocks the stuffing from the staid old myth of Shakespeare, revealing the man and his plays for what they really are: modern, thrilling and uplifting drama.
Ben Crystal is an actor, author and producer who has led Shakespeare workshops and masterclasses around the world and worked extensively with Shakespeare’s Globe, the British Library, and the British Council.


Meet the author: Patrice Lawrence, 5.15 - 6.15pm
Pupils will join author Patrice Lawrence as she discusses the award winning Orangeboy and her new book Indigo Donut; a powerful account of a young adult’s search for belonging. Hear her talk about finding an agent, getting published, writing about tough ‘real world’ themes and the power of music. Questions will most definitely be welcomed!

Patrice was born in Brighton and brought up in an Italian-Trinidadian household in Mid Sussex. She has been writing for as long as she has been reading. Her first novel, Orangeboy, won the 2016 Waterstones Prize for Older Children’s Fiction and the Bookseller’s YA Prize and was shortlisted for the Costa Book Award.