Heidi W. Durrow
is the New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Fell From the Sky, winner of Barbara Kingsolver’s PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction and a book club favorite.
Bishop Dunne Catholic School will present its third annual Literary March 23, 2023. The Festival is a celebration of the written and spoken word intended to encourage a love of language and literature among students, teachers and the community at large. The event brings nationally renowned authors to our Oak Cliff campus to share their insights about the craft of writing and literature’s ability to explore contemporary issues in creative ways. Two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward, NAACP Image Award and Kirkus Prize winner Jason Reynolds, and Newbery medalist Matt de la Peña appeared at previous festivals.
The 2023 Literary Festival will feature writer and commentator Heidi W. Durrow, author of the young adult novel The Girl Who Fell from the Sky. The book, inspired by a true incident, won the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction. Durrow will lead a daytime student workshop and give a public talk about her work on the evening of Thursday, March 23.
As part of the 2023 BDCS Literary Festival, the school also will sponsor a creative writing contest with winners recognized at a special awards breakfast and outstanding entries published in Rugged, the school’s magazine of creative writing.
Literary Festival Committee
|Erica Culton||Bishop Dunne Teacher/Director of Middle School|
|Denise Frank||Bishop Dunne Teacher|
|Melanie Gibson||Literary Festival Chair|
|Elisa Goodwin||Director of Development and Alumni Relations|
|Jenny Hood||Director of Admission|
|Tammy Kuykendall||Bishop Dunne Parent/Bishop Dunne Board Member|
|Damian McDonald||Bishop Dunne Teacher/English Department Chair|
|Steve Smith||Development Coordinator|
|Christine Voigt||Director of Curriculum and Instructional Technology|
Gold Circle $5,000: 20 VIP tickets to the Literary Festival. Banner displayed on the Bishop Dunne campus through June 30, 2024. Acknowledged during event welcome and opportunity to briefly address guests at podium. Reserved front seats at keynote address. Inclusion in all event print materials, press releases, website, and social media
Silver Circle $2,500: 12 VIP tickets to the Literary Festival. Banner displayed on the Bishop Dunne campus through December 31, 2023. Reserved premium seats at keynote address. Included in event program, website, and social media. First right of refusal for next year's Silver Circle sponsorship level
Bronze Circle $1,000: 6 VIP tickets to the Literary Festival. Banner displayed at event. Reserved premium seats at keynote address. Inclusion in event program, website and social media. First right of refusal for next year's Bronze Circle sponsorship level.
Patron Sponsor $500: 4 VIP tickets to the Literary Festival. inclusion in event program and website
Supporting Sponsor $250: 2 VIP tickets to the Literary Festival. Inclusion in event program and website.
Falcon Family Supporter $100: 2 tickets to the Literary Festival. Name acknowledged in event program and website.
Partner $50: 2 tickets to the Literary Festival. Name acknowledged in event program and website.