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Library Events

The Library hosts regular and varied events throughout the year.  These range from author visits to a wide range of clubs.  We also host parent forums, run a lively variety of activities during Reading Week, regularly host the Oxfordshire Book Awards and Carnegie Day with our local secondary schools, and enjoy a grand tea party at the end of Year 7 to celebrate the achievements of some of our top Accelerated Readers.

Reports on all the events we run can be found on the News & Events page of the website. We also use our Library Twitter and Instagram accounts, and the School Newsletters to keep parents, guardians, and students up to date.

The Oxfordshire Book Awards

Started over 12 years ago by former Burford School Librarian, Mrs Cooper, all students are welcome to take part in the annual Oxfordshire Book Awards. Participating students attend fortnightly meetings in the Library, read the shortlist and vote for their favourite title. The winning title is announced at a ceremony in November with students invited to attend and meet several top authors and illustrators. Indeed, past special guests at the Awards have included Patrick Ness, Michael Morpurgo, and Malorie Blackman. To find out more, visit Oxfordshire Book Awards.

Creative Writing Club

Mrs Count, our Burford School Librarian, hosts the Creative Writing Club at lunchtime on Thursdays, with workshops on various subjects from flash fiction to evoking emotion through setting.

Each year, members of the Creative Writing Club have the opportunity to attend a Writing Retreat. This year, the Club visited the Story Museum in Oxford. The Magic Common Room was its base for the day, and students enjoyed a prolonged, exclusive visit to the Enchanted Library, where they had the rare opportunity to write in Narnia, Horrid Henry’s bedroom, or just over the Pooh Stick bridge.

Club members wrote stories ranging from murder mysteries to high fantasy and sci-fi and will continue to work on them and prepare them for publication in their first Writing Club anthology. Students also had a surprise visit from BBC Radio 4’s ‘Front Row’, who interviewed them on their experiences at the Story Museum.



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