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October and November Children’s Book Festivals. Loogabarooga Festival, Petworth Liteary Festival and BridLit Kids

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

 Michael Rosen, Julian Clary and Harry Potter exhibition coming to Loughborough for Loogabarooga Festival 2016.

loogabarooga-logoThe programme of events for this year’s Loogabarooga Festival of children’s illustrated literature includes many new highlights for families and children who love reading to see and hear from 19-24 October 2016 at venues across Loughborough.

Performers, workshops and exhibitions at Loogabarooga Festival 2016 include Michael Rosen, best-selling children’s author and poet, and former Children’s Laureate; comedian, entertainer and writer, Julian Clary reading from his latest book, The Bolds To The Rescue; and the Illustrating Harry Potter exhibition at Charnwood Museum, an illustrated reimagining of the blockbuster classic, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

Tickets for all of the free and paid events can be booked online at loogabarooga.com. Copies of the free programme will be available to collect from Loughborough Town Hall, Charnwood Borough Council offices, Charnwood Museum and venues across Loughborough and Charnwood.

Following the success of the inaugural Festival in 2015, this year’s programme will also include free creative drop-in workshops, storytelling sessions, advice on how to write and illustrate your own book, with appearances from some of the nation’s favourite children’s authors and illustrators.

Nicky Morgan, MP for Loughborough said: “This year’s Loogabarooga Festival promises to be better than ever. The programme is packed full of exciting events and Loughborough is looking forward to welcoming some very special guests. There is a real buzz around the 2016 festival and I am looking forward to taking part in what promises to be a thrilling line-up.”

For all of the latest information, follow the Festival on Facebook at www.facebook.com/loogabarooga or on Twitter @loogabarooga16

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petworth-lit-logoAward-winning family theatre company Story Pocket Theatre is performing at Petworth Festival’s 6th annual Literary Weekend on Saturday 5 November at 10.30am in the Leconfield Hall, Petworth.

The written and spoken word are celebrated in an enchanting performance of Storyteller Storyteller; genuine family fun that culminates in a feast of clowning, physical silliness and magical storytelling without words. Tickets cost £8 for adults and £6 for young people and children aged 18 years and under.

Stewart Collins, Artistic Director of Petworth Festival commented, “The addition of Story Pocket Theatre to our literary repertoire is a brand new take on our policy of engaging with all age groups and the family audience. Suitable for all ages from 3 to 103, Storyteller Storyteller underlines the Festival’s commitment to engaging young people in an educational, inspiring and highly entertaining way.

Established just three years ago in 2013, Story Pocket Theatre was set up from a passion to produce beautiful, wonderful and magical theatre for families and to keep the classic stories alive in an inventive and exciting way. The company has received various accolades. They were winners of the Primary Times Children’s Choice Award, 2014 and the ThreeWeeks Editor’s Choice Award at the Edinburgh Fringe 2015.

Petworth Festival Literary Weekend is a unique opportunity to see and meet a wealth of literary greats, up and coming authors as well as high-profile luminaries with fascinating life stories to share.

For more information call 01798 343055 or email info@petworthfestival.org.uk. Tickets on sale by telephone 01798 344576 or on-line at petworthfestival.org.uk.

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BridLit Kids at the Lyric Theatre, Bridport – Saturday 12 November

Following the success of last year’s event, BridLit Kids returns to the Lyric Theatre with an extended programme to appeal to a wide age range, where we hope there will be something for everyone:

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10 – 11am (3 – 7 yrs) –  The boundless creative energy and fun from storyteller Martin Maudesely and musician and songster Declan Duffy will entertain the youngest among us (and the young at heart!). Children £3/ Adults Free

 

12 – 1pm (8 yrs and upwards) – Charlie Fuge will lead an illustration workshop (booking recommended) bringing a wealth of talent and experience from his own wide ranging work to guide young hands. Pencil and sketchpad included. Supported by Bridport Arts and Crafts. £5

 

2 – 3pm (8 yrs and upwards) – Best-selling author Angie Sage of the popular Septimus Heap series, will introduce the latest addition to TodHunter Moon books. A fantastic opportunity to meet a world class author with time for questions and answers after. Children £3/Adults Free

 

We want to put children’s literature firmly on the Bridport map so come along and celebrate the world of magic and the imagination in this fabulous day of words, pictures, stories and song.

 

Full programme information Bridlit.com Tickets: Bridport Tourist Information Centre 01308 424901

 

Children’s Book Festival News for July

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

Camp Bestival – 28 – 31 July

Hoo’s Kids Book Fest Wednesday 31 August

Edinburgh Book Festival

13-29 August

Read on for more info about all the events

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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

HOW TO:

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

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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

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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.

Watch out for exciting updates for our 2016 Festival at www.lutonhooestate.co.uk and by following us @hoosbookfest , Facebook, Pinterest

Brentwood Children’s Literary Festival 22-30 July

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

The owners of the Chicken and Frog Bookshop in Brentwood, Essex are launching an annual literary festival for children (and their grown-ups). The first festival will take place 22–30 July 2016, and with 17 separate events to choose from, you’ll be hard pressed to narrow it down to just one! But with ticket costs heavily subsidized by the charity, the price of just £3 per event means that you can meet a favourite author or two or three, without breaking the bank.

 

The Brentwood Children’s Literary Festival has children very much in mind, with a cross section of authors and illustrators to suit ages from pre-school to teen. This is far more than a meet and greet festival, although you’ll get the chance to say hello and ask your chosen authors to sign books (available to purchase) on the day. Choose from Abi Elphinstone, AF Harrold, Giles Paley-Philips, Laura Dockrill, Nikki Sheehan and Sara Grant. Both Sara Grant and J.D.Irwin are going to be running writing workshops, David O’Connell will be leading a writing and illustration workshop and you can rest assured that all of the authors and illustrators will be on hand to answer your questions about their books and what it’s really like to create one.

Highlights include: the absolute legend behind Harry and his Bucketful of Dinosaurs, Ian Whybrow, will be appear on Friday 29th July. A lot of people who write books have nasty, dangerous, horrible things happen to them when they’re young. In that sense, Ian missed out. In 1989, while he was running an English Department he began to think seriously about writing something for children. Then he started running a Sixth Form. Several years later he decided to re-invent himself as an author and aren’t we glad that he did! Harry is famous the world over and a firm favourite for young children (and teachers, too). You are sure to learn how to roar like a dinosaur during the afternoon, so bring along your fiercest voices!

Undeniable ‘Queen of Tween’, Karen McCombie, is performing on Monday 25th July. The best-selling author loves writing, crisps, nattering and cats, in no particular order. With more than 80 books published and translated around the world, Karen is a busy, busy author, but never too busy to think of new ideas and appear at lovely events like the Brentwood Children’s Literary Festival. Karen will be talking about the inspiration behind brand new time-slip mystery ‘The Whispers of Wilderwood Hall’, as well as her evacuee novel ‘Catching Falling Stars’, which is set here in Essex.

Award winning author Nikki Sheehan is the youngest daughter of a rocket scientist. After a degree in linguistics her first job was subtitling The Simpsons, followed by a career in journalism. Her first novel, Who Framed Klaris Cliff? won the North Herts Book Award for 2015. Nikki is also a story mentor for Little Green Pig (part of the Ministry of Stories) taking story writing into schools in Brighton where she lives with her family and too many pets. You can meet Nikki on Wednesday 27th July.

For full details of what’s on offer, visit the website www.brentwoodlitfest.com where you can order your tickets at the click of a button or call 01277 230068

The 9th TELEGRAPH Bath Children’s Literature Festival

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

Friday 25 September–Sunday 4 October 2015

 

LOVEREADING4KIDS is delighted to announce we are the proud sponsors of CHRIS RIDDELL

 

Back in Bath by popular demand, Chris Riddell is the Waterstones Children’s Laureate 2015 – 2017. He will be appearing in two events at the Festival on Saturday 26 September – with the fantastic Michael Rosen to celebrate their new poetry collection A Great Big Cuddle and solo to talk about his phenomenally popular Goth Girl series and the release of his new book.

Chris will have the audience howling with laughter as he introduces Goth Girl and the Wuthering Fright. Ghastly-Gorm Hall is to play host to a Literary Dog Show, but something strange is occurring. Mysterious snowy footprints! Night-time barking! What’s going on? Check out Chris’s tips on drawing your own amazing pictures.

 

THE LARGEST DEDICATED CHILDREN’S

LITERATURE FESTIVAL IN THE UK

TEN DAYS and OVER 120 EVENTS FEATURING THE BEST CHILDREN’S AND TEEN AUTHORS

THE BEST ILLUSTRATORS AND THE BIGGEST NAMES

IN CHILDREN’S LITERATURE FROM ACROSS THE WORLD

 

INCLUDING:

Julia Donaldson, Cressida Cowell, Jacqueline Wilson,

Michael Rosen, Judith Kerr, Francesca Simon, Axel Scheffler, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Floella Benjamin, Julian Clary, Helen Skelton,

Sam & Mark and Andy Day

 

The Telegraph Bath Children’s Literature Festival is the largest dedicated children’s book festival in the UK, now in its 9th spectacular year. This is a festival bursting at the seams with vibrant activity for children of all ages, their teachers, families and friends. Two original founders of the festival, JOHN AND GILL MCLAY are back as Artistic Directors with a world-class line up to thrill book lovers from pre-school to teen and beyond. This has always been a festival that puts fun and laughter first: it’s a chance for children and young people to meet the creators of their literary heroes, see illustrations come to life and fuel their imagination.

 

THIS YEAR’S HIGHLIGHTS:

• Former Children’s Laureate and festival favourite JULIA DONALDSON returns to Bath with illustrator LYDIA MONKS to reveal What the Ladybird Heard Next • Bath born DAME JACQUELINE WILSON with a sneak preview of her new book Little Stars, the fifth title about Victorian foundling, Hetty Feather • CRESSIDA COWELL and the latest in her massively successful series How To Train Your Dragon • MICHAEL ROSEN and CHRIS RIDDELL with their new Poetry Collection, A Great Big Cuddle • JUDITH KERR creator of classic picture books including The Tiger who came to Tea, will discuss her life’s work and new book, Mr Cleghorn’s Seal with JULIA ECCLESHARE. • FRANCESCA SIMON with her last ever Horrid Henry book • JULIAN CLARY will introduce his fabulous new book, The Bolds, which he has created with award winning illustrator DAVID ROBERTS. • Author, television presenter, politician and advocate for young people FLOELLA BENJAMIN will be talking about the 20th anniversary of her book Coming to England • Lots of events to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Alice in Wonderland • Workshops and master classes on everything from Shaun the Sheep model making to writing film scripts and creating cartoons. The cover artist for 2015 is BEN CORT, illustrator of the bestselling picture book Aliens Love Underpants and Montersaurus!

 

To see the full programme and book tickets visit: www.bathfestivals.org.uk


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