FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival: Children’s Programme

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FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival unveils Children's Programme The Festival runs from Saturday 2nd April to Sunday 10th April in historic venues across Oxford The FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival has confirmed a stellar line up of … [read more]

Guest post: Anneliese Emmans Dean wins the 2015 NS Teachers’ Book Award for Poetry

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We're pleased to feature a guest blog from York-based poet Anneliese Emmans Dean on her recent win at the NS Teachers’ Book Award.  Looking for 'the best literature on offer for use in the primary classroom'? Look no further! The NS Teachers' Book … [read more]

‘Weird and Wacky Places’ by Andy Seed (National Non-Fiction November)

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National Non-Fiction November is a whole month dedicated to celebrating all things factual and is organised by the Federation of Children's Book Groups (FCBG). The theme of this year's event is 'Maps' and blogs, articles and giveaways will be … [read more]

Guest Blog: Wakefield Lit Fest’s Children and Young People Weekend

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Now in its fourth year, Wakefield Lit Fest is taking place across Wakefield and district from 18th – 27th September 2015. This festival of reading and writing, programmed by the arts charity Beam, is introducing its first Children and Young People … [read more]

BookBug Week 2015 (May 18th-24th 2015)

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This May, children across Scotland will be enjoying a special week of BookBug events. The Bookbug initiative - which is funded by the Scottish Government and managed by Scottish Book Trust - provides every child in Scotland with four free packs of … [read more]

The FT Weekend Literary Festival

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We've been busy adding all the events for children and young people at this year's FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival. And what a line-up! Philip Pullman will be in conversation with Nicolette Jones (Children's Book Editor of The Sunday Times). This … [read more]

Ilkley Literature Festival: Story Explorers and Story Wizards

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Do you know an 8-11 year old who loves reading and writing stories? If they're in West Yorkshire, Ilkley Literature Festival's weekly book sessions could be right up their street. The sessions run every Saturday morning during term time. Story … [read more]

Angie Sage at Ilkley Literature Festival: Review

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A darkening room on an autumn afternoon provided the perfect backdrop to Angie Sage’s workshop about Araminta Spook, the ghost-hunting heroine of her latest series. Describing Araminta as a less scared version of herself, Angie discussed how her own … [read more]

Caryl Hart at Ilkley Literature Festival: Review

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Watching Caryl Hart in action during her Whiffy Wilson session, I was struck by the calm and unflappable way she ran the workshop. Here was a children’s author who seemed to delight in the impromptu contributions of her young audience. Rather than … [read more]

Lauren Child at Ilkley Literature Festival: Review

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A quick glance round the audience of Lauren Child’s recent Ilkley Lit Fest event would have seen ‘middle children’ throughout the audience nodding in confident agreement as Ms Child shared her own trials of life as the second of three daughters. Her … [read more]

Berlie Doherty Interview

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Double Carnegie Medal-winning author Berlie Doherty spoke to us about her delight that her popular children's book, Snowy has been reissued by Troika Books. Berlie will appearing at the Inland Waterways Association’s festival in Chester on Sunday … [read more]

Rachel Bright Interview

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Rachel Bright is the creative force behind the Love Monster  series and she will be visiting Harrogate Children's Festival on Thursday 29th May. Expect stories, crafts and lots of fun as the Love Monster heads into town. We’re intrigued to hear … [read more]

Barroux Interview

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Discovering the diary of an unknown First World War soldier in the street sounds like a plot from a novel yet that it exactly what happened to French illustrator Barroux. Intrigued, we asked Barroux more about this chance discovery and how it led to … [read more]

Book Week Scotland (Nov 25th-Dec 1st 2013)

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Book Week Scotland is week-long celebration of books and reading across Scotland. Running from November 25th-December 1st 2013, there will be over 400 events taking place at 349 locations across Scotland. During last year's event, more than 30,000 … [read more]

‘How Scary Can A Book Be?’ Our Top Ten Halloween events

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How scary can a book be? This half-term is spookily full of Halloween book events and we've rounded up ten of the best spine-tingling book experiences. Is your favourite creepy character in our list? Grab your broomstick and check out what's going … [read more]

‘The Boy Who Cried Wolf’ Review

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A suitably overcast afternoon in Ilkley provided the perfect wintery backdrop to tutti frutti’s Aesop-inspired production of The Boy Who Cried Wolf. As we entered the hall of All Saints’ School, we were greeted by the three actors, all dressed for … [read more]

‘The Dragon Who Hates Poetry’ with Dominic Berry: Review

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Reading poetry is often described as a moving experience and listening to readings by the winners of Ilkley Festival’s Children’s Poetry Competition really did bring a lump to my throat. The children took to the stage before Dominic Berry's poetry … [read more]

‘The Wimpy Kid Show': Review

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I was intrigued by the whole notion of ‘The Wimpy Kid Show’ before I even set foot in Ilkley Playhouse. How do you create an ‘author event’ with no author to promote the book? (Very successfully, judging by the fact that the team behind the show were … [read more]

Christopher William Hill and ‘Osbert the Avenger’ Review

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Whilst combining the smells of apple pie and vomit may not sound an appealing element of a literary event for adults, at Ilkley Literature Children’s Festival, it all seemed highly appropriate. Smells – some pleasant and some downright disgusting – … [read more]

Ilkley Literature Festival: Children’s Tea Party Review

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The thought of a children’s tea party conjures up images of Enid Blyton’s lashings of ginger beer, Roald Dahl’s chocolate factory and the amazing double-page spreads in the book You Choose. So celebrating Ilkley Literature Festival’s 40th anniversary … [read more]

James Campbell Interview

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James Campbell is a writer, storyteller and comedian. As well as presenting an online TV show about books, James' first book for children is due to be published in 2014. You can catch James at Ilkley Literature Festival, as part of a Children's Tea … [read more]

Dominic Berry Interview

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Slam-winning poet Dominic Berry is currently touring the country with his one-person poetry show The Dragon Who Hates Poetry. As part of Ilkley Literature Festival's 40th anniversary celebrations, you can catch Dominic's show on Sunday October … [read more]

Christopher William Hill Interview

Christopher William Hill will be coming to join the 40th anniversary celebrations at Ilkley Literature Festival this autumn. He'll be introducing Osbert the Avenger, the first book in the Tales from Schwartzgarten series. This darkly funny tale … [read more]

Macmillan Children’s Books: Events at Edinburgh International Book Festival

It all kicks off today in Edinburgh for a fortnight of book-related events. Macmillan Children's Books will be part of the action with a great line-up of authors appearing at the festival. The first day of festivities on August 10th sees Andrew Lane … [read more]

Ilkley Literature Children’s Festival: EXCLUSIVE

Ilkley Literature Children's Festival It's hard to believe that 2013 is the 40th anniversary of the Ilkley Literature Festival. To mark the occasion, this year's Children's Festival looks better than ever. Among the names appearing this year are … [read more]

Book-Event-A-Day Guide

Here it is, our one stop guide to book events up and down the country, throughout the summer holidays. We've got events from Aberdeen to Cornwall, including storytelling in ancient castles, Mad Hatter tea parties in Roman amphitheatres and a chance … [read more]

The Children’s Bookshow

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The Children's Bookshow is an annual tour of authors and illustrators, united in encouraging children to develop a lifelong love of literature. The event began in 2003, as a means of showcasing books and authors featured in Simply the Best Books for … [read more]

ShoutSouth! Festival 2013, South London

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Here at Book Events for Children, we love the idea of Shout South! Festival 2013, which is a three-day creative-writing festival for school children in south London.  This event is organised by CWISL (Children's Writers and Illustrators in South … [read more]

Hilary Robinson Interview

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Hilary Robinson is the author of over 40 books for children and is probably best known for her Mix Up series, featuring illustrations by Nick Sharratt and Liz Pichon. She'll be appearing at Harrogate Children's Festival this half-term, with … [read more]

Caroline Green discusses ‘Hold Your Breath’

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Hold Your Breath is the third book by author Caroline Green and will be published in June 2013. The author of Dark Ride and Cracks gave us a sneak preview of what we can look forward to in the new book. Caroline, we’ve just watched the trailer … [read more]

Christopher Lloyd Interview

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Christopher Lloyd, founder of What on Earth Publishing, is the author of  a series of books and wallcharts which present history in an entertaining and accessible manner. The books in the series to date cover history, sport and natural history. … [read more]

Guest Post:’Brighton Young City Reads’ by Sarah Hutchings

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A great Brighton-based initiative ('City Reads') really caught our imagination-we love the idea that a whole city becomes immersed in reading -and discussing-one particular book. The 'giant book group' has now expanded to include a 'Young City Reads' … [read more]

Nicolette Jones discusses her involvement with The Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival

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Nicolette Jones is the children's book editor of The Sunday Times and 'Young people's programme director' of The Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival. Here at Book Events for Children, we are delighted that Nicolette took the time to answer our … [read more]

Cathy Farr Interview

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Cathy Farr is the author of The Fellhounds of Thesk, a series of historical fantasy books which introduce the reader to the  medieval land of Thesk and the mighty Fellhounds which protect the villagers. The first two books in the series are now … [read more]

Penarth Book Festival: Interview with Fay Blakeley (Festival Organiser)

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2012 saw the launch of a new event on the literary calendar, the inaugural Penarth Book Festival. The festival was held for a week in late October/early November and saw thirty-five authors head to the seaside town of Penarth on the outskirts of … [read more]

Tracey Corderoy Interview

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Tracey Corderoy was born and grew up in industrial South Wales and now lives in a hidden valley in Gloucestershire with her husband, two children and an ever-increasing menagerie of devilishly-cute-but-sometimes-rather-naughty pets. A trained … [read more]

Gregg Olsen Interview

New York Times bestselling  author Gregg Olsen has has written many adult crime novels, often based on gritty real-life crimes. He has turned his talents to the YA market and has published two books in the 'Empty Coffin' series, Envy and Betrayal. … [read more]

Jacqueline Wilson Interview

To say that Book Events for Children is delighted that the wonderful Jacqueline Wilson took the time to answer our questions would be something of an understatement! Book Events for Children collates the details of book-related events for children … [read more]

Interview: Emma Barnes

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Emma Barnes is a Yorkshire-based author, whose new book Wolfie has recently been published. Featuring illustrations by Emma Chichester Clark of Blue Kangaroo fame, it follows the adventures of a little girl whose best friend is ...a WOLF. Emma's … [read more]

The Book Events for Children’s Holiday Guide: Week Six

The Book Events for Children’s Holiday Guide Week Six: Sat 25th - Fri 31st August Here at Book Events for Children, we’ve lined up a book-related event for every day of the summer holidays (from Sat 21st July to Fri 31st August.) The guide will … [read more]

The Book Events for Children’s Holiday Guide: Week Five

The Book Events for Children’s Holiday Guide Week Five: Sat 18th- Fri 24th August Here at Book Events for Children, we’ve lined up a book-related event for every day of the summer holidays (from Sat 21st July to Fri 31st August.) The guide will … [read more]

The Book Events for Children’s Holiday Guide: Week Four

The Book Events for Children’s Holiday Guide Week Four: Sat 11th - Fri 17th August Here at Book Events for Children, we’ve lined up a book-related event for every day of the summer holidays (from Sat 21st July to Fri 31st August.) The guide … [read more]

The Book Events for Children Holiday Guide: Week One

The Book Events for Children Holiday Guide Week One: (Sat 21st July-Fri 27th July) It's that time again and the school holidays are nearly upon us. Have you got lots of fun and interesting activities lined up for your children? Or are you … [read more]

Tom Palmer: ‘Football Reading Game’ at Harrogate Children’s Festival

Tom Palmer: Football Reading Game Making the most of a break in this summer's relentless downpour over the weekend, my three children and I set forth to Harrogate Children's Festival's Spiegeltent to meet children's author Tom Palmer. Tom, a … [read more]

Interview: Nicola Davies

Nicola Davies has successfully combined a lifelong love of nature with a keen interest in writing and her adventures have taken her around the world.  She was one of the original presenters of The Really Wild Show and has written a range of … [read more]

Interview: Lynne Rickards

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Lynne Rickards is a Canadian born children's writer, now living in Scotland. Her books include Jack's Bed, I Win! and the forthcoming Clementine's Smile. You grew up in Canada before moving to Scotland. Do you have any favourite Canadian … [read more]

Interview: James Mayhew

James Mayhew is the author behind the Katie books which introduce children to art at a young age. He has also brought the world of ballet to life through his Ella Bella books. James is in the midst of a busy summer, being involved in the Diamond … [read more]

The Luton Hoo Walled Garden Children’s Book Festival

Luton Hoo Walled Garden Children's Book Festival: Sunday 20th May, 10am-5pm.  Whilst I don't usually write about individual book festivals (due to the sheer volume of excellent events out there), this festival grabbed my attention. In these … [read more]

500 WORDS

Chris Evans launched the second 500 WORDS short story competition on his BBC Radio 2 breakfast show this morning. The competition encourages children (aged 13 and under) to write a short story of no more than 500 words on any subject. The entries are … [read more]