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First Form students celebrate Whitfest, the School’s annual Junior Literary Festival.

Every year, each First Former has a particular Friday they look forward to: the Junior Literary Festival. This year was no exception, with the impressive line-up of authors including Steve Cole, Ciaran Murtagh, Nikki Sheehan, Karl Nova, Kieran Ekeledo, Jamie Thomson aka ‘The Dark Lord’, and Stephen Davies.

The Festival had something for everyone: Steve Cole’s stand-up comedy, Ciaran Murtagh’s tips on Mr Bean cinematography, Kieran Ekeledo’s practical advice on both book creation and money management, Nikki Sheehan’s creative stimulus for poetry, Stephen Davies’s infusion of history into fiction, Jamie Thomson’s ruthless voice coaching on how to speak like a Dark Lord, and last but not least, Karl Nova’s Spoken Word Workshop and enthusiastic Grand Finale Concert!

Upper First Former, Bakari Leon, echoed the feeling of many boys when he enthused, “I never want this day to end”; thankfully, it hasn’t, as the boys have taken the ethos of the Festival into their day-to-day curricular and co-curricular activities at Whitgift.  

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