Camp Bestival – 28 – 31 July
Hoo’s Kids Book Fest Wednesday 31 August
Edinburgh Book Festival
Read on for more info about all the events
CAMP BESTIVAL’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY AT THE LITERARY INSTITUTE
28-31 July at Lulworth Castle
SPOKEN WORD, QUIZZES, TALKS & MORE:
THE EAGLE WHO DARED – EDDIE THE EAGLE
ROALD DAHL’S STORIES WITH THE IMAGINATION SEEKERS
THE SCUMMY MUMMIES SHOW / LEAP – GOOD COP BAD WAR
THE SECRET MUMMIES WINE CLUB WITH SARA COX / FLASH FICTION
THE CAMP BESTIVAL SPACE POP QUIZ WITH JOHN HARRIS
LIGHTING THE CAMPFIRE: WITH CAMPFIRE CONVENTION
TRAVEL TO SPACE / BRING OUT YOUR INNER ALIEN
EMBRACE YOUR INNER GEEK GIRL / CREATE A CHILDREN’S BOOK IN A DAY
HAVE A BEGINNER’S ADVENTURE ON YOUR DOORSTEP / CREATE CURED FOOD MAGIC
SPICE YOURSELF SLIM / GET KIDS (AND DADS) OFF SUGAR / HAVE A HAPPIER HOUSEHOLD /
MAKE PEOPLE SPLIT THEIR SIDES & LAUGH THEIR HEADS OFF / READ RIVERS /
EXPLORE THE LAST UNTOUCHED PLACES ON THE PLANET / MAKE CAMP BESTIVAL
THE SATIN LIZARD LOUNGE CURATED BY SCROOBIUS PIP:
CHRIS REDMOND / HOLLIE MCNISH / CECILLIA KNAPP / JODI ANN BICKLEY / MARK GRIST / JESS GREEN / RAYMOND ANTROBUS / ROB AUTON / JOE HOWELL
PLUS: ROUNDHOUSE POETRY COLLECTIVE / JACK ROOKE COMPERE
Stepping out of the airlock and into the unknown, The Literary Institute is Spacecamp Lulworth’s epicentre of intergalactic genius. An astronomical oasis of enlightenment. Don’t miss out on the Literary Institute’s cultivated delights when Camp Bestival heads into Outer Space this July 28-31 at Lulworth Castle.
Our learned leader Rob da Bank says: “The Literary institute is a one of the most amazing things at Camp Bestival. Giving the grown-ups a relaxing retreat while the kids have a ball, there’s tons of inspirational stuff from talks and quizzes to some of the best poets around. I always learn something new and amazing whenever I head in there and with this year’s Outer Space theme you can guarantee it’s going to be out of this world!”
Cruising a cosmos of jaw-dropping space facts and heroic ski jumps to the unquestionable delights of a delicious vino, The Literary Institute will have amazing spoken word, quizzes, talks and more, including The Eagle Who Dared with Eddie The Eagle, a mischievous storybook experience featuring Roald Dahl’s Stories with the Imagination Seekers, comedy from The Scummy Mummies Show, Leap – Good Cop Bad War, The Secret Mummies Wine Club hosted by The Scummy Mummies with guest speaker Sara Cox and wines provided by The Knackered Mother’s Wine Club, interactive story workshops from Flash Fiction, The Camp Bestival Space Pop Quiz with John Harris and Lighting The Campfire: Sparks For The Future Of Social Networking With Campfire Convention.
Sharing esoteric and hard to find knowledge has made our How To sessions some of the Literary Institutes’ most popular attractions. This year’s insights include How To Travel to Space with Stephen Attenborough from Virgin Galactic, Bring Out Your Inner Alien with Claire Freedman, Embrace Your Inner Geek Girl with Holly Smale, Create A Children’s Book in a Day with Sam Curry, Have A Beginner’s Adventure On Your Doorstep with Andy Torbet, Create Cured Food Magic with Steven Lamb, Spice Yourself Slim with Kalpna Woolf, Get Kids (And Dads) Off Sugar with Beverley Glock, Have A Happier Household with Gavin Presman, Make People Split Their Sides and Laugh Their Heads Off with Tiernan Douieb, Read Rivers with Kevin Parr, Explore The Last Untouched Places On The Planet with Monty Hall and How To Make Camp Bestival!
And, as ever, we will have some of the very finest spoken word artists around at The Satin Lizard Lounge Curated by Scroobius Pip, including Chris Redmond, Hollie McNish, Cecillia Knapp, Jodi Ann Bickley, Mark Grist, Jess Green, Raymond Antrobus, Rob Auton, and Joe Howell. And we’ll also have performances from the incredible Roundhouse Poetry Collective, with compere Jack Rooke.
Summer is coming and tickets are flying. Don’t miss out. And keep on checking the website www.campbestival.net
EDINBURGH BOOK FESTIVAL 13-29 August
This year the Baillie Gifford Children and Young People’s programme of the Edinburgh International Book Festival will question whether age-related classifications are inhibiting the way people read and perceive certain genres of fiction and authors.
Janet Smyth, Director of the Book Festival’s Children’s programme, comments: “YA author Frances Hardinge won the Costa Book of the Year with her novel The Lie Tree which was published as Young Adult fiction but clearly of a quality to stand alongside any great adult novelist. I do worry that YA fiction, the major publishing creation of the last decade, means many readers will never experience some wonderful writing. Some of the bravest, boldest and darkest fiction is currently being created but it is often too readily overlooked. If Salinger had been writing Catcher in the Rye today it would have been classified as YA.”
Young Adult sales have soared, outselling adult fiction 25:1 in recent years and in 2016 the Book Festival will welcome many leading YA authors including Anne Cassidy, Simon Mayo, John Boyne, transgender author Juno Dawson, Alaskan author Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock and Cat Clarke.
On Monday 22 August the development and future of Young Adult fiction will be argued in the Great YA Debate between Anthony McGowan and Elizabeth Wein chaired by Daniel Hahn, and involving a wider audience that will include authors Annabel Pitcher, Christopher Edge, Jenny Downham and Patrice Lawrence.
Well known for their adult books, PS I Love You and Shopaholic, Cecelia Ahern and Sophie Kinsella will be presenting their first children’s books Flawed and Finding Audrey. Julia Donaldson is back with three new books across four events, including one with the Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler. Famed for The Tiger Who Came to Tea and the Mog series Judith Kerr presents her first new novel in 37 years, Mister Cleghorn’s Seal.
Illustration is a major part of children’s publishing and features widely in the Baillie Gifford Children’s Programme. Alex T Smith is the 2016 illustrator in residence, presenting his many characters through fun workshops, Big Draws and interviews. Jim Kay presents the first look at the illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone while French graphic novelist Barroux returns to Charlotte Square Gardens and joins Chris Haughton and Emer Stamp in an event highlighting creative practices and techniques for illustrators.
Young children’s favourite David Melling’s Hugless Douglas questions if food can be yummy without honey in his new book Hugless Douglas and the Great Cake Bake. Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell has been invited to present The Siobhan Dowd Trust Memorial Lecture concentrating on the importance of giving all children access to books. Riddell will also bring his own characters to life, encouraging his audience to ask questions that he will draw answers to live in front of his audience.
Big Draw events have been so popular in recent years that they’ve been increased by 100 percent across the whole programme. The free events in the Baillie Gifford Storybox are a chance for all children to get involved in a major artwork led by an author/illustrator in a community atmosphere where all abilities are encouraged. Author/illustrators hosting Big Draws in 2016 include Debi Gliori, Matt Spink, Hrefna Bragadottir and husband and wife team, Ana and Thiago de Moraes.
2016 is also the year of big birthdays for many treasured children’s characters. Throughout the Festival there will be parties and events celebrating Paddington Bear turning 60, The Broons and Oor Wullie at 80 and Winnie-the-Pooh reaching 90 and reciting a poem to the Queen. Other key anniversaries include 100 years since the birth of Roald Dahl, Beatrix Potter at 150 and 400 years since the death of Shakespeare.
Word wizards Sara-Jane Arbury and Fiona Ross reveal the wondercrump of Roald Dahl’s vocabulary in their Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary, gloriumptious gobblefunk! The ‘Dick and Dom’ of Australian children’s TV, The Listies, present their disgusting dictionary of revolting worlds, scribbles and poo-etry in Ickypedia.
The Baillie Gifford’s Children’s Programme is an integral part of the world’s leading Book Festival, and this year a new world record will be attempted in Charlotte Square Gardens as authors Craig Glenday and Stephen Daultry present the latest edition of Guinness World Records 2017.
For further information and to book tickets visit: www.edbookfest.co.uk
HOO’S KIDS BOOK FEST Wednesday 31 August – Luton Hoo Walled Garden, LU1 4LF
Books, bears, history and magic in the Walled Garden in August
‘Exit, pursued by a bear’ is a well-known Shakespearian stage direction which we hope won’t be needed for the Hoo’s Kids Book Fest Summer Day on Wednesday August 31st from 10.30 a.m -15.30 pm in the Luton Hoo Estate Walled Garden!
David Litchfield will be reading from his book “The Bear and the Piano” while children can make masks and join his Bear Band to sing favourite bear songs! Humorous horror stories with Guy Bass from his Stitch Head books can be heard, Nigel Baines, will be drawing live and Lou Treleaven will show you how to make a crazy car!
This popular festival will also feature a two-metre long view of British history by Christopher Lloyd and if you bring a hat you can help Professor Pango Mango create poems in the Poetry Cart.
A celebratory crown with cut paper artist, Vanessa Stone can be made and illustrator, Livi Gosling, will be creating a fantasy walled garden. Take a tour of the actual historic walled garden designed by Capability Brown where some plants and produce including Luton Hoo honey can be taken home.
Chorleywood Bookshop will be selling books with authors signing them.
Tickets available from 1 July at lutonhooestate.co.uk/events where you can find full details of the Festival events.
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