World Book Week 2019

The UCL Academy proudly celebrated ‘World Book Week’ last week where every day students were involved in a range of exciting activities including visits from authors, inspiring talks and writing workshops. Alongside these wonderful events, students also had access throughout the week to the Scholastic Book Fair.

On Monday, the English Department were delighted to welcome ‘Keeper of the Realms’ trilogy writer, Marcus Alexander, into school to meet and work with our students. He gave inspiring assemblies to our Level 1+ students about how he became an author and where he gets his inspiration from and captivated students with some rather unnerving parkour stunts and back flips! Ms Haque also gave a talk to our Sixth Form students on Bengali literature about women in early 20th-century Bengal and Ms Bunjaku gave an insight on Albanian Literature, where she talked about two of the greatest Albanian writers and their books: Ismail Kadare and Naim Frasheri. Vicky Price, from the UCL archive collection also spoke to 6th Formers about the UCL Library’s collection of banned books including one of the first translations of the Bible into English and copes of George Orwell’s Animal Farm.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, students were taken across the road to Swiss Cottage Library for a tour of one of your best local resources. Students were introduced to its incredible resources, its study spaces and the students were enlisted to help with the re-design of the Young Adults reading section. A group of students from Foundation and Level 1 have been working with poets from the ‘Africa Writes Festival’ over the last term and on Thursday, they gave a showcase of their poetry to our Level 1 students. Amina and Rachel, two poets from the festival, also performed their poetry to an engaged audience.

To mark the end of the festive activities of World Book Week, we held a Fancy Dress day on Friday and welcomed award winning author and campaigner Sita Bramachari to the Academy. Sita spoke about her writing career and how books can change the world and also gave powerful messages about immigration, racism, homelessness and mental health challenges.

Many thanks to everyone who worked so hard to organise the week and to those wonderful guests who gave up their time to talk to our students. Students and staff alike thoroughly enjoyed the week and all of the wonderful events that they took part in. We firmly believe in the importance of World Book Week as it is a great opportunity to engage children and promote literacy. Please take a look at last week’s Parent Bulletin for more information on each of the events.

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