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Barnes Children’s Literature Festival, London SW13 Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 May 2017

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

London’s largest dedicated children’s literature festival will be returning to south west London for the third year, on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 May, and tickets are in demand, with some sessions already sold out!


Bigger and better than ever, the programme includes more than sixty events for children of all ages, including author talks, workshops, story time and craft sessions, music, film and much more.


There is an exciting mix of bestselling authors and illustrators, up and coming new writers, and household names. Highlights include the former Children’s Laureates Michael Rosen and Anthony Browne, star author-artist Nick Sharratt and Horrid Henry creator Francesca Simon. They’ll be joined by a few famous faces including comedians David Baddiel and Adrian Edmondson, popular television presenters Clare Balding and Lucy Worsley, and radio personality Christian O’Connell. Other authors and illustrators on the programme include Ed Vere, MG Leonard, Michelle Robinson, Lisa Stickley, Sophy Henn and Book Trust Illustrator in Residence, Sarah MacIntyre.


Special events this year include illustrator, Axel Scheffler appearing alongside Barnes Resident and Mog creator, Judith Kerr in an event called When Zog met Mog – not to be missed! Another exclusive is an interview with Little Princess creator and top illustrator, Tony Ross. You can also experience the interactive Harry Potter show, a new production of Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes set to live music, and an exclusive screening of the short animation based on Jon Klassen’s award-winning I Want My Hat Back.


Tickets are on sale now at: where the full programme can be found.

TIMMY FAILURE at The Edinburgh Fringe 2015 – from Book to Stage

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

Timmy Failure is a name many of you may be familiar with, some may not (you will be forgiven just this once).  His books  are close to becoming the thing of legend.  Just like the adventures Alice embarked on when she fell down the rabbit hole or Frodo’s quest to destroy the one ring to rule them all; Timmy’s quest for global domination will no doubt be whispered through the ages.

Well those whisperings are just beginning, or should I say shouted in an hour of non-stop fun and shenanigans at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  Taken from the stupendous first book Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made by Stephan Pastis, it made us wonder, could a show really be as good as a book?

Well Ben and I took a trip up to grand old London town to watch a rehearsal of this very show on our own quest to find out.  And what did we learn?  Well first a little background information…

Ben and I are big fans of Timmy.  We have chortled, giggled and gasped our way through 3 ½ of the Timmy Failure Books (we are half way through number 4 as we speak – due to be published in October!).  We of course leapt at the chance to see the rehearsal but arrived with some apprehension.  Could this one man show really capture the essence of the fantastical Timmy Failure book that Stephan created?  Well I can honestly say that we are both in total agreement, the show is going to be packed full of greatness!

Timmy is played by the very talented (and energetic) Leander Deeny.  Leander also takes on the roles of Gunnar, Old Man Crocus, Molly Moskins (aka Tangerine Girl), Rollo Tookus and of course ‘The Beast’.  Watching him in the rehearsal was a complete treat and both of us laughed pretty much the whole way through.  Even in this early stage, Leander brought Timmy (and all the other characters to life) wonderfully and we very much look forward to seeing the show again when it hits the theatre.

This is of course a one man show and only an hour long, so Ollie Burch who has adapted the book for the stage, has tried hard to take the most relevant parts to capture the story.  Working alongside director Abigail Graham (along with a small team of very talented people) and with help of the kids who have attended the rehearsals, they have produced something that Ben and I think will be very special.

Stories are like seeds, they grow and take on roots to many different adventures.  This is one thing that makes books so special, they begin as something we hold in our hands and read and share but they can take on new life through countless different mediums.  After enjoying the books so much I asked Ben to sum up the show in just one word and his choice of word?  EPIC.

THE TIMMY FAILURE SHOW will be showing at the Edinburgh Fringe from 6 – 31 August (there is no show on 17 August) at 11.15 am at Assembly George Square Theatre – The Box.  Click here to book tickets:

Or if you can’t make it to Edinburgh there are previews of the show at The Tristan Bates Theatre in London on Wednesday 29, Friday 31 July & Saturday the 1 August.  Click here to book tickets:

by Shelley Fallows Lovereading4kid’s Roving Reporter and Mum to Ben

DAUNT BOOKS FESTIVAL, 19 -20 March, Marylebone High Street, London

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Following the success of last year’s inaugural festival, the Daunt Books Festival returns on Thursday 19th and Friday 20th March 2015. The festival is two days of celebration and inspiration for writers and readers, illustrating their belief that a bookshop is not just a place to buy books, but a means of creating a community – a unique space for booklovers to come together.  

Daunt Books Festival is delighted to be offering FREE after-school events for children and teenagers, starring Michael Rosen and Robert Muchamore. Michael will talk to our own Julia Eccleshare about his fondness for Emil and the Detectives by Erich Kastner along with The Wicked Tricks of Till Owlyglass, his own retelling of one of his favourite German children’s books. Robert (author of the Cherub series) talks to Philip Womack in the festival’s first young adult event. His latest book Rock War is the first of an exciting new quartet of books about three teenagers seeking success in the music world.

“A splendid venture by one of the finest bookshops in the country.” Colin Thubron  

Tickets are free but booking is essential at Daunt Books, 83 Marylebone High Street, London W1U 4QW, by phoning 020 7224 2295 or at Privacy Policy Disclaimer