Festival first for Holt school

A clutch of renowned writers will head to Gresham's School in Holt in the New Year for the first festival of nature writing.

The school's English department is organising the festival to give writers the chance to speak about their work and to stimulate debate about the place and role of nature writing in 2011.

It will be a chance to listen to a diverse range of writers, including Richard Mabey, recently acclaimed by the Sunday Times as 'one of Britain's most respected and brilliant nature writers'.

Running alongside the festival there will be an exhibition of nature-themed prints and paintings by local artists including Robert Gillmor, Graham High, Angie Lewin and Thomas Robinson.

The festival is being organised by Dr Jonathon Ward and Dr Alistair Cormack.

Gresham's pupils are playing a large part in the festival though creative writing and study of pastoral literature in the sixth form, and next term the third form will be focusing on nature writing.

There will be a display and reading nature writing by pupils from Gresham's and Holt Primary School. Speakers and writers will include: Mr Mabey, who lives in Norfolk and has penned books including Flora Britannica and Nature Cure; poet and academic Harriet Tarlo; poet, novelist and academic Elizabeth Cook; writer and teacher Saci Lloyd.

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The festival runs from February 17 to 19 at Gresham's. Tickets will be available from the Auden Theatre from January on 01263 713444 or via boxoffice@greshams.com.