Bower Bailey among the sponsors for the next Swindon Youth Festival of Literature

By Nick Batten on 13 March, 2024

Swindon-based law firm Bower Bailey Solicitors has confirmed that it will be one of the sponsors for the Swindon Youth Festival of Literature 2024.

Returning for its 17th year, the festival will take place from 11th – 15th November across the Wyvern Theatre and various Swindon Secondary Schools.

Bower Bailey will sponsor The Library Ambassadors and Creative Writing award categories and the Inter-school Book Quiz.

Supporting authors are due to be announced shortly.

Katie Went, Partner at Bower Bailey said, “It’s an absolute honour and privilege to support Swindon Youth Festival of Literature again. The enthusiasm is tangible amongst the secondary school students at the Book Quiz. I am really proud of all of the students. Their literary knowledge is amazing.

“It’s always extremely rewarding for the students to have their literary masterpieces acknowledged in the Creative Writing Competition. I find the level of creativity and writing from the students extremely impressive. The literary world has some remarkable talent emerging. Swindon should be very proud.”

She continued, “We’ve recently started a reading loan library in our Swindon office. Reading is such an important life skill and so beneficial for our mental health. It’s great that these students are able to meet and benefit from speaking to some published authors and artists in the heart of Swindon. It’s so incredibly inspirational.“

Kate Murphy, Learning Centre Manager at The Dorcan Academy and organiser of the event said, “Without the relentless efforts of the Swindon School Librarians and the keen student participation this event wouldn’t be happening. We have a great lineup of authors for this year’s festival. Keep your eyes peeled for the lineup to be announced shortly.”

She added, “We are very grateful to all of our supporters and sponsors including Bower Bailey Solicitors.”

The other sponsors of SYFL for 2024 are SASH (Swindon Association of Secondary Heads), WHSmith, Berts Books and Browns Books for Students.

Pictured above: Katie Went with the winners of the 2023 Interschool Book Quiz the Ridgeway School