BVS Sixth Former Selected for Hay Festival Beacons Project

A Sixth Form student at Bishop Vaughan School has been selected to participate in a prestigious writing residential programme.

Maria, a Year 12 student, is one of only 20 young people to be selected for the Beacons Project, a creative writing residential run by the Hay Festival. The Hay Festival of Literature is an annual festival that celebrates writing and the arts. Authors, poets, politicians and more attend each year to give talks on a range of topics. The Beacons Project is designed to offer young writers the opportunity to meet successful authors and develop their own skills. Previous attendees have gone into successful writing careers, including Owen Sheers.

Maria will attend the Hay Festival over half term. She will be able to participate in talks and will also meet the award winning author, Margaret Atwood. Maria previously read Atwood’s most famous novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, as part of the Book ‘n’ Brew Reading Club, which Maria regularly attends.

Maria is the first BVS student to be selected for the Beacons Project and will report back on her experiences on the school website after half term.