The Royal Hospital School (RHS) in Holbrook recently hosted its second annual literary festival.

The event saw attendance from Year 5 pupils from two local schools - Littlegarth and Holbrook Primary.

The day-long festival aimed to inspire young minds through various literary-themed activities.

Children's author, Joe Craig, led a series of four workshops throughout the day, each revolving around the theme of 'School for Spies'.

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Craig, best known for his award-winning Jimmy Coates action-adventure series, brought an exciting energy to the day's activities.

Problem-solving was a core aspect of the day's theme, formed the basis of the workshops.

The Modern Foreign Languages department at RHS conducted codebreaking activities that tested the pupils' French and Spanish skills.

The school's sports hall hosted an obstacle course, and an exciting scavenger hunt was set up around the school campus.

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There was also a pre-arranged bookmark competition won by Sophie P from Holbrook Primary School.

All attendees received a printed copy of the winning bookmark.

Sam Cocker, a teacher of English at RHS, led the day's events along with the school librarian Nicole Burns.

Mr Cocker said: “It was wonderful to see so many pupils so engaged in the variety of activities our outstanding staff had organised.

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"We were delighted to welcome Joe Craig to the school, who really captured the imagination of the pupils and shared insights into the process of becoming a successful writer.

"I am also grateful to our Year 12 helpers who were excellent ambassadors for the School.

"We received lots of lovely comments from Littlegarth and Holbrook Primary.

"My thanks to Ms Stone and Mrs Scatola for organising the event and to everyone involved in a hugely successful day.”