The Cliveden Literary Festival has announced a new educational partnership with the London Academy of Excellence Tottenham. As part of the initiative, 10 students from the sixth form college will attend the festival next month on 29th and 30th September.
The festival takes place at Cliveden House in Buckinghamshire and will see 20 events unfurl across two stages - The Arts Club Stage and the Great Hall - spanning literature, history, politics and the arts. Speaker highlights on 2018's bill include historians Niall Ferguson and Sir Anthony Beevor, McMafia author Misha Glenny, creator of "The Thick of It" Armando Iannucci, The Beauty Myth author Naomi Wolf, and Alain de Botton, philosopher, writer and creator of The School of Life.
Students at the London Academy of Excellence Tottenham, which opened as part of the redevelopment of White Hart Lane in September 2017, will be invited to submit a paper on why they would like to attend the festival. Ten students will then be chosen by the head master. In addition to meeting speakers, they will each receive a copy of The Mistresses of Cliveden by festival chair Natalie Livingstone, as well as a choice of book from John Sandoe Books, the festival bookshop.
Livingstone said: "History and education go hand-in-hand and nothing is more important than involving the next generation of historians and writers in the literary festival. We are therefore delighted to work with the London Academy of Excellence Tottenham and look forward to welcoming their students to the festival in September and to continuing the collaboration in the years to come."
Jan Balon, headteacher, said: "Our students at London Academy of Excellence Tottenham are academically motivated and ambitious and the opportunity to visit the Cliveden Literary Festival will expose them to a rich world of culture to which they have not previously had access. It will broaden their academic horizons significantly and the exposure provided to such a wide range of incredible speakers in an historic location will help them to develop their intellectual curiosity beyond measure."