Schools Programme

Working with Dalton’s students

We are working with all five schools in Dalton to promote an interest in literature among young people.


Decorated poems or prose on the topic, ‘A Memorable Sight/Site’ will be displayed in schools and in Dalton Library. Entries will be judged by Geraldine Green and Kim Moore. Prizes will be awarded at the LitFest Launch on Friday 3 November.


Dave Cryer is running workshops in schools based on the classic children’s novel, ‘The Secret Garden’ by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

Gill Jepson and Russ Brown will be running workshops for the winners of the school writing competition and other pupils with a passion for writing.

Local journalist, Karl Steel, will be going into Dowdales School to talk about journalism as a career and journalistic styles of writing.


LinkAge links teenagers and senior citizens from Staveley House Care Home. The young people have interviewed residents about their memories of teenage life and are writing these up along with accounts of their own lives. These will be put together in an anthology and copies will be presented to the residents of Staveley House.

Dalton LitFest is for the whole community and we are working with those aged 5 to 95!