‘We read to know we’re not alone.’ – William Nicholson.
At Lurgan College we love to read. Our book group, ‘Lurgan Literati,’ meet on a weekly basis to chat about their passion for literature. Throughout the year we read a series of novels selected by the group members, write reviews and spread a love of literature throughout the school. We celebrate World Book Day and World Book Night with school-based events.
In the summer term, we become involved in the Carnegie Shadowing Scheme. Through this scheme our reading group gain access to the very best young adult fiction shortlisted for the Carnegie Award. This year, the shortlist includes:
‘The Poet X’ – Elizabeth Acevedo
‘Rebound’ – Kwame Alexander
‘The House With Chicken Legs’ – Sophie Anderson
‘Bone Talk’ – Candy Gourlay
‘A Skinful of Shadows’ – Frances Hardinge
‘Things A Bright Girl Can Do – Sally Nicholls
‘Long Way Down’ – Jason Reynolds
‘The Land of Neverendings’ – Kate Saunders
Feel free to check out our group website here:
We kick off the shadowing scheme with a blind date with a book activity making sure the readers don’t ‘judge a book by its cover’ and meet on a weekly basis to chat and swap books amongst the members.
The group culminates each year by watching the live stream of the Carnegie Award and witnessing the selection of the winner for the best young adult novel of the year. We are a friendly society that is primarily student led and always welcome new members.