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Free online workshops for 7-13 yrs at The Reading is Magic Festival

Letters to the Earth feature in the Reading is Magic Festival thanks to the Bradford Literature Festival, inviting children and young people to write their own letters in response to the climate and ecological emergency.

Write Your Own Letters to the Earth

With readings from youth activists and an inspiring mini-workshop from award-winning poet and Letters contributor Rakaya Fetuga, this session empowers children and young people, as they explore the feelings they personally have in connection to the planet. They're to consider what they want to say, and to whom; and be encouraged to appreciate the power of their voice and how it can be used for change. They will also be given advice on how to structure a letter and write persuasively to ensure that their voice is heard.

Take part here.

Send Your Own Letters to the Earth

In the second half of this two-part event, and with letters at the ready, Letters to the Earth Co Director Kay Michael will guide children through a galvanising workshop, which steps out the ways in which the letters inspired by Part 1 of the provocation, can be used to the greatest effect, as part of a collective action to make change. Join us in this energising and hugely important provocation, with those on the front line of saving our planet.  Let's help get those powerful letters out into the world.

Take part here.

‘This event is fantastic to use when teaching geography, science and English in the curriculum and about the environment and climate change to learn how to structure a letter and write persuasively to ensure that children’s voices are heard.’ @MrEPrimary

The workshops are free to access at any time until the end of 2020. From 2021 onwards a small donation will be required to access each event. Follow the links above to be taken to the workshops and to access further resources for teachers and parents including template letters for your children to use.

In partnership with festival organisations Bath Festivals, Bradford Literature Festival, Borders Book Festival, Boswell Book Festival, Brooklyn Book Festival, Henley Literary Festival, North Cornwall Book Festival, Wigtown Book Festival, and Toronto International Festival of Authors.

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