What Makes a Successful Children’s Book Event?

Once an author has submitted the final edit of their children's book, they should feel a rightful sense of pride. The months, if not years, of hard work have paid off and the book will soon be on the shelves. In fact though, the hard - and very … [read more]

Interview with ‘An Awfully Big Blog Adventure’ Editorial Team (John Dougherty and Penny Dolan)

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An Awfully Big Blog Adventure' is a website run by authors, featuring regular blogs about anything and everything to do with writing. The blogs - written by authors - could range from examining the latest trends in YA publishing to the pitfalls of … [read more]

Five Go To Seven Stories

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It was with much excitement that our own gang of five set out for Newcastle-upon-Tyne to review the new Enid Blyton exhibition at Seven Stories. Expectations were high as I devoured Enid Blyton books as a child and my children have also loved the … [read more]

Jacqueline Wilson at The Royal Hall in Harrogate, North Yorkshire

Jacqueline Wilson at the Royal Hall I must admit that, before attending Jacqueline Wilson’s recent event at Harrogate’s Royal Hall, I wondered how an author event in such a large venue would work (the Royal Hall can seat over 1000).  Would the … [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: Octavia’s Bookshop

UPDATE (MAY 2013). This interview was originally published in 2012, prior to Octavia's Bookshop winning the 'Best Children's Independent Bookseller of the Year' at The Bookseller Industry Awards in May 2013. Octavia Karavla owns Octavia's Bookshop … [read more]

Interview: Storytellers, Inc.

Storytellers, Inc. is an independent children's bookshop based in Lytham St. Anne's in Lancashire. Run by mother and daughter team, Carolyn and Katie Clapham, it has gone from strength to strength in the eighteen months in which it has been open. … [read more]

Author Events; Why Bother?

Since setting up 'Book Events for Children', I've been overwhelmed by the sheer volume of book-related events for children that are taking place across the country; from one-off events at local bookshops to high-profile literary festivals. Why are we … [read more]