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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

Kids July Book Festival News

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

This July sees 3 Great Book Festivals that Kids (and parents) will love

CURIOUS ARTS FESTIVAL at Pylewell Park, New Forest 17-19 July

NIDDFEST LITERARY FESTIVAL at Pateley Bridge, North Yorks, 24-26 JULY 2015

HOO’S KIDS BOOK FEST at Luton Hoo Walled Garden, Wednesday 29 July

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ALSO WHY NOT ENTER RAWORTH’S YOUNG WRITERS’ COMPETITION?

Read on for more detail on each of them …

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CURIOUS ARTS FESTIVAL at Pylewell Park, New Forest 17-19 July

Schools out and what better start to the summer holidays than a packed schedule to delight little ones as well as inspire older children. Aside from the magic of camping in the beautiful grounds of Pylewell Park, storytelling, films, writing workshops, puppet making, poetry trails, life drawing, bat walks and breathing lessons, film club and bedtimes stories will keep them happily occupied from dawn to dusk.

Bestselling children’s writer and winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, Piers Torday presents his enchanting new book The Wild Beyond, the final heart-stopping instalment of the Dark Wild Trilogy. This is the story of a boy named Kester. He has brought the animals of his world back from the brink of disaster, and he believes there is hope on the other side. A must-attend for all those who wish they had better parents, born storyteller David Baddiel will be reading from his first children’s book The Parent Agency, an epic wish-fulfilment adventure for every child – and the child in everyone. Gripping and brilliantly funny.

Curiouser and Curiouser: Alice in Wonderland is the story of the summer – we will be celebrating with our own Alice in Wonderland Tea Party. Costumes a must so don’t forget to pack yours! Join author Huw Powell for a talk about Spacejackers and pirates, and another swashbuckling adventure for Jake Cutler and friends, popular with 9 year olds and up. Apparently Huw never does up the top button on his shirt and always wears 2 pairs of socks. We will be checking! Phillip Ardagh has written much-loved bestselling children’s books like The Grunts and the Eddie Dickens Trilogy, adored by 7-14 year olds. He’s collaborated with the likes of Paul McCartney, and Axel Scheffler’s illustrations feature in his books.

Writing workshop for 9 year olds +,with the wonderful Nicky Singer, author of Feather Boy, a modern classic and extraordinary tale of self-empowerment, legend and death about Robert Nobel, the school pariah who triumphs over his own fears and the school bully. Join Abi Elphinstone, an author who spent her childhood building dens and hiding in trees, for a talk about her new book, the Dreamsnatcher. A fantastic, magical debut novel about Moll a twelve year old girl drawn into a world of secrets, magic and adventure. Perfect for fans of JK Rowling and Eva Ibbotson.

Graphic novelist and animator Sydney Padua, talks hand drawing, computer animation and comics and about her cool graphic novel The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer.

Don’t miss: Kids’ film and cartoon club on Saturday and Sunday 9am – 11am in the East End Tent. Puppet making with puppet master Allison Ouvry in a hands-on workshop for children and parents. Bedtime stories in The Children’s Tent is the place to be at 7.30pm. Wind down and drift off with Curious Arts Festival favourite Paul Blezard. Also, story-telling with Jay Barnett at 4pm on Saturday, poetry trails and creative craft workshops running all weekend.

For tickets and more information visit www.curiousartsfestival.com/for-children.

 

NIDDFEST LITERARY FESTIVAL 24-26TH JULY 2015

NiddFest – a new family friendly festival celebrating nature in writing – have announced their inaugural programme of events set in the glorious landscape of the Yorkshire Dales. With up to 20 events spread out over the weekend of 24-26 July, the festival promises a thought-provoking weekend packed with talks, outdoor adventures and activities for all ages.

Children of all ages are invited to participate at NiddFest with events to suit even the littlest visitors. Saturday 25 July will see a morning of arts, crafts and face painting, with ‘Best Bug’ awards for the cleverest crafters.

5-11 year olds will be invited to an exciting afternoon in the woods, including woodland games and activities, a lesson on building the perfect outdoor den and hot chocolate and marshmallows around the campfire. For families, a day trip to Studfold Adventure Trail is on offer. Set in a hidden valley in Upper Nidderdale, this full day adventure has a focus on bugs and all things creepy crawly!

Leading childrens’ authors Piers Torday and Michelle Harrison will be reading from their award winning books on Saturday 25 July. Michelle’s event will be followed by the prize giving for the NiddFest Poetry Prize, open to all Yorkshire schoolchildren. Winners will receive their awards from Carol Ann Duffy.

BEYOND THE FESTIVAL TENT

Visitors will be encouraged to step beyond the traditional festival venue and explore the dramatic landscape of Upper Nidderdale. Highlights from the outdoor programme including a morning of foraging with wild food expert Chris Bax, a walk along the banks of the river Nidd to learn about the fragile ecosystem, and a safari to the far reaches of Upper Nidderdale to explore the wild moorland, and a birding walk with Mark Cocker, following his talk on humankind’s relationship with birds.

Ticket prices vary with prices starting from just £7 per event and discounts for children under 18. All tickets will be available to purchase from the festival box office in Nidderdale from Friday 24th July. For more information and to view the full programme, please visit www.niddfest.com/programme

 

Hoo’s Kids Book Fest: A Summer Day Wednesday 29 July 2015 at Luton Hoo Walled Garden LU1 4LF

Hoo’s Kids Book Fest takes on a new look for 2015 with three smaller events held between March and October. Book your tickets for two very special events for all the family in the magical Walled Garden!

 

Pandas, Doughnuts and the Queen’s Handbag, Steve Antony – 12.00-1.00 pm

Since his first picture book debuted in 2014, Steve Antony has become the hottest talent around – his first book, The Queen’s Hat, has been shortlisted for the Waterstones Book Prize and has just won the Evening Standard’s Oscar’s First Book Prize.

Learn to draw a panda who loves good manners (and doughnuts!), read stories together and get a sneak peek of Steve’s next book, The Queen’s Handbag.

Boy. Wizard. Hero. Celebrating the Harry Potter Books – 2.00-3.00 pm

Have you ever wanted to explore the magical world of the Harry Potter books? Join our ‘Professor of Potter’ and his plucky assistant as they bring to life the characters, creatures, spells and adventures from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. A fun and interactive event for all the family whether you are new to the books or a dedicated fan. Certificates and postcards for all who attend.

Come and share the magic!

 

Plus art activities, fun and entertainment!

Artist Vanessa Stone will be cutting up materials and involving children in something very spectacular! Local illustrator Livi Gosling, who loves creating amazing maps, will be joining us for interactive fun! Professor Pango Mango, the Wandering Poet will be making us all laugh with his wonderful words and delightful ditties! With books from the independent Chorleywood Bookshop come and join us for a great day out in the magical Luton Hoo Walled Garden where there will also be refreshments, food, books, and plants for sale and family fun for everyone!

 

Tickets available at www.lutonhooestate.co.uk/events

 

CALLING ALL BUDDING WRITERS! ENTER RAWORTH’S YOUNG WRITERS’ COMPETITION

The search is on to find the next JK Rowling, Jane Austen or Stephen King!

Harrogate International Festivals, Raworths Solicitors and LendMeYouLiteracy have teamed up to deliver an exciting children’s creative writing competition, with the theme ‘Every Object has a Story’.

Entries can include a short story, poem or piece of descriptive writing under 500 words. The competition is open to two age groups, 8-11 years old (Y4-7) and 12-15 years old (Y8-10).

The overall winner of each age group will receive £50 book vouchers, a giant bundle of books for their school library, an exclusive author visit to their class, and the chance to read their winning piece live on Stray FM. The ten shortlisted stories will also be shared online at LendMeYourLiteracy.com, giving young authors the chance to share their work with a worldwide audience. Closing date for entries is Friday 31st July and winners will be announced in September.

Carmelita Ardren, head of Raworths Family Law says: “We’re very excited to be part of this hunt to unearth young talent and offer such a hands-on way to engage young people. As patrons of the Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival, it’s fantastic to be offering young people in the region a chance to get involved in the world of writing. Who knows what fantastic new writers we’ll discover?”

Simon Blower at LendMeYourLiteracy said: “Writing is crucial for all ages, not just in terms of developing literacy, but it engages imaginations, helps young people express themselves, and boosts confidence.”

GET INVOLVED!

Full guidelines and a Storybox of objects to inspire creative minds for competition entries (as pictured) can be found online at LendMeYourLiteracy.com/raworthsyoungwriters

Children’s Spring & Summer Book Festivals 2014

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Just as Summer brings out the ice cream (and sun cream) it also brings a fresh crop of exciting book festivals around the country. To make sure you don’t miss out we thought we would create a special blog of the ones Lovereading4kids will be involved within May and June 2014.

The four key ones are:

Hoo’s Kids Book Fest, The Luton Hoo Walled Garden Sunday 11 May 2014 hoosbookfest.com

Hay Festival 22 May – 1 June 2014 Hayfestival.org

Harrogate Children’s Festival 29 May -1 June 2014  harrogateinternationalfestivals.com/family-events

Brewin Dolphin Borders Book Festival 12-15 JUNE 2014  bordersbookfestival.org

Find more details for each one below – please note this information will be updated regularly as we receive it.

Hoo’s Kids Book Fest, The Luton Hoo Walled Garden – Sunday 11 May 2014

The five acre Luton Hoo Walled Garden is nearly 250 years old and is located on the historic, family-owned Luton Hoo Estate. It was designed by the famous landscape architect Lancelot “Capability” Brown for the 3rd Earl of Bute.  On 11 May Hoo’s Kids Book Fest sees a host of great children’s authors gathering here to entertain and amuse.

Highlights include 2014 World Book Day illustrator Alex T. Smith and fantastic author Caryl Hart telling silly stories and drawing live from their joint series, Foxy Tales, which is bursting with ridiculous scrapes and slapstick humour. Come and meet bestselling author Angie Sage as she talks about the Araminta Spook series. Calling all Beast Quest fans! Help the good wizard Aduro to free the beasts from Malvel’s evil spell. Take part in a Beast Quest Tournament… Get a sneak peek of Adam Blade’s new series, Sea Quest! Christopher Lloyd will bring his giant What on Earth? Wallbook – aimed at making Big History as accessible as possible to the widest possible age range.

Join Clara Vulliamy as she reads and draws from Dixie O’Day in The Fast Lane, introduces her characters Dixie and Percy and shows the japes they get up to at the wheel of their red sports car. Clementine Beavauis author of the Sesame Seade series will be entertaining children of eight and upwards with her fantastic series about a Sleuth on Skates!  Also attending are Catherine Johnson, author of A Nest of Vipers, Piers Torday, creator of The Last Wild, Robert Muchamore, the internationally bestselling author of CHERUB, and Sophie McKenzie, author of the hugely popular Missing sequence.

Make sure that you join Gary Northfield for his comic creation workshops, where you can learn some top-secret, comic-creating tips whilst producing a comic strip of your own. Also Roald Dahl Funny Prize winner Jim Smith, creator of the hilarious Barry Loser series, unleashes how to get the last laugh in an extra ‘keel’ hour of stories, belly laughs and burps. Jim will teach you how to draw Barry and his mates. The Roald Dahl Museum crew invites you to join in with their Dirty Beasts and Revolting Rhymes storytelling sessions. This is your chance to star as a pig in Roald Dahl’s version of the The Three Little Pigs or help with Tummy Beast sound effects!

For more information visit www.hoosbookfest.com and to book tickets go to http://www.wegottickets.com/festivals/f/7273 .

Hay Festival 22 May – 1 June 2014

Hay Festival takes place in the staggering beauty of the Brecon Beacons National Park during summer half term from 22 May – 1 June. Join great writers and great thinkers from around the world and discover the new ideas driving the arts and sciences, politics and history. This year’s programme explores the resonant anniversaries of the fall of the Wall and the end of the baby boom, the climax of the Crimean war and the starts of both world wars. Hay examines the history that has made Britain; a history of trade and conflict, of technical innovation and progressive daring. Explore the world through the international fiction of Toni Morrison, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Cees Nooteboom, Javier Cercas, Gong Ji-Young, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Carlos Acosta, Tim Winton, Siri Hustvedt and Lorrie MooreMervyn King, Ha-Joon Chang and Craig Calhoun debate the global economy; David Reynolds, Margaret Macmillan, Sebastian Faulks, Louisa Young, Niall Ferguson, Jeremy Paxman, Helen Dunmore and Sebastian Barry weave accounts of the Great War in fact and fiction; Nobel Prizewinners John Gurdon and Tim Hunt and the Podfather, Tony Fadell head a series of investigations into the latest developments in science and technology; the 450th birthday of William Shakespeare is celebrated with a series of conversations about his work with Toni Morrison, Jerry Brotton, Stephen Fry, Judi Dench and Richard Eyre. And it being Hay, there is great food from Sam & Sam Clark, Mary Berry and Antonio Carluccio; great laughter with Jennifer Saunders, Al Murray, Frank Skinner and Bill Bailey, and great music with Cerys Matthews, Toumani Diabate and Hugh Masekela.

Hay has a jam-packed programme for families and children for the full ten days of the summer half term with great writers for all ages. Meet the inventors of favourite characters including super-star authors Julia Donaldson (it’s the Gruffalo’s 15th birthday this summer), Oliver Jeffers,  Korky PaulEd Vere and Jez AlboroughJacqueline Wilson (with anthology Paws & Whiskers), Francesca Simon (Horrid Henry is 20 this year!), Cressida Cowell (with her new tome The Incomplete Book of Dragons), Lauren Child (on illustration and Clarice Bean), Henry Winkler with his My Way! tour, Michelle PaverLiz Pichon (creator of Tom Gates), Jeremy StrongCathy Cassidy, and Chris Riddell and Paul Stewart who have a new Edge Chronicles book out. For older fiction lovers Charlie HigsonCassandra Clare and Meg Rosoff, Michael Morpurgo, Anthony Horowitz, and Darren Shan. The festival is packed withworkshops for families and children of all ages, from theatre with the Royal Shakespeare Company to music-making with Cool Fossil Music, from muddy walks with Wild Wye Web to tweeting verse with the RSPB.

Please visit www.Hayfestival.org for more information.

To book tickets go to: http://www.hayfestival.com/wales/index.aspx?skinid=2&currencysetting=GBP&localesetting=en-GB&resetfilters=true

Harrogate Children’s Festival – 29 May .. 1 June 2014

History, Science and Art will come alive in the 2014 Harrogate Children’s Festival featuring the UK’s finest entertainers and authors. Ignite your child’s big imagination with a series of captivating shows, as the Festival introduces the magical world of the Spiegeltent – Europe’s oldest travelling tent – for unforgettable mini-adventures. Enter the mirrored walls to discover book treats ranging from Charles Dickens to Dennis the Menace, and the Wimpy Kid to Winnie the Pooh.

Join Steven Butler, author of Diary of Dennis the Menace, for a sneaky peak into the chaotic life of the naughtiest boy in the Beano! Expect lots of fun and games (maybe even a prank or two!) as Steven brings to life the world Dennis of Menace.

The Take Away Theatre Company will be turning back the years at this year’s Festival.  ‘A Dash Through Dickens’ is a frantic, irreverent and hilarious jaunt through the life and works of Charles Dickens.  Audiences will see the likes of Ebenezer Scrooge, Mr Pickwick and Nancy from Oliver as they have never seen them before…or ever will again.  As well as a fascinating insight into Dickens and his books, audiences will experience (and sometimes be disgusted by) what it was REALLY like to live in Victorian Britain!

Bookworm Babies are invited to join Seven Stories for imaginative, exploratory play with books for babies!  Discover the best books for your baby in this fabulous session for the very small. Interactive songs and playing with sensory material is all part of the fun as we share stories that little ones will love and encourage early childhood development.

A must for all Diary of a Wimpy Kid fans and great family entertainment. Host Alastair Watson brings the books to life with fun activities including The Wimpy Kid Draw-Along and The Wimp Wars! Quiz. The event also includes exclusive clips of author Jeff Kinney talking about the books, his involvement in the films and showing how he draws the characters.

For more information visit www.harrogateinternationalfestivals.com/family-events/.

Brewin Dolphin Borders Book Festival 12-15 JUNE 2014

As part of Homecoming Scotland 2014 some of the world’s best writers, communicators and entertainers will be appearing in Melrose from 12-15 June, including household names such as Jennifer Saunders, Paddy Ashdown and Steve Backshall.

The festival looks simultaneously to the past and to the future, with speakers on great historical events as well as on the future of Scotland.  Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown will talk about his vision of Scottishness, Britishness, and the unique nature of the Union; and a passionate debate will be held on Scottish independence with two veteran parliamentarians.  Commemorating the First World War centenary, Allan Little will talk about the spark that ignited it, Katie Adie recalls the women of the home front, and Dave Anderson, playing Sir Harry Lauder, will Keep Right On to the End of the Road!

The festival opens with a magnificent line-up of Paddy Ashdown, Steve Backshall, Kate Adie, Jennifer Saunders and Lynda La Plante on Thursday 12 June.  On Friday 13 June, the winner of the fifth £25,000 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction will be announced, with at least three of the shortlisted six authors in attendance to hear the result and taking part in a separate panel discussion on historical fiction.  On Sunday 15, another anniversary is celebrated – the publication of Sir Walter Scott’s great, innovative novel, Waverley – created just a mile or so from Melrose.  A dramatized adaptation written specially for the festival by Alan Caig Wilson will star Phyllida Law, John Sessions and David Robb.

Elsewhere in the programme, younger audiences will be entertained by the wildly popular television presenter Steve Backshall, who comes to Borders for the first time with his new fiction series for children.  Another popular broadcaster, Simon Mayo, will be regaling older children with his stories featuring 14-year-old science nut Itchingham Lofte.  Other children’s writers include Andy Stanton (Mr Gum), Simon Chapman, Lauren St John, Ross Collins, and Lari Don.

For further information visit  http://www.bordersbookfestival.org/  and to book tickets see http://www.bbfboxoffice.co.uk/.


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