Ilkley Literature Children’s Festival: EXCLUSIVE

Ilkley Literature Children’s Festival

WimpyKidShow_LogoIt’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 Cathy Cassidy, the author of the Chocolate Box Girls series and Christopher William Hill, the man behind the Osbert the Avenger series.  Younger readers will love meeting Eva Katzler and Jess Mikhail, the duo behind Florentine and Pig’s Lost Pirate Treasure) and fans of The Diary of a Wimpy Kid should brace themselves for The Wimpy Kid Show with host Alistair Watson. The books are brought to life with The Wimp Wars! Quiz and a Greg Heffley Draw-Along, with video clips of Jeff Kinney discussing the books.

Also heading to Yorkshire will be Elen Caldecott, introducing her latest book , The Great Ice Cream Heist and Nottingham Children’s Book Award winner Chris Mould. There’s also the chance to meet Shrinking Violet author Lou Kuenzler and Trish Cooke, author of award-winning multi-cultural books for children.

If your child likes drawing, Tony de Saulles - illustrator of the Horrible Science series - will be on hand with drawing tips.Northern Ballet will be doing a Three Little Pigs workshop or why not drop by to see poet and comedian James Campbell. If you’d like to introduce your children to stand-up comedy without the bad language, James is your man, as his Comedy4Kids show is designed for kids aged 6+ and their families.

For older children, there’s the chance to meet YA author Sarah J. Maas, whose fantasy novel Throne of Glass turns the Cinderella story on its head. Melvin Burgess will be taking the stage, following on from his appearances at Edinburgh Festival, as will Louise Rennison, author of Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging.

As well as all these events to entertain the children, there’ll be a special Allan Ahlberg event for adults. If you remember the Ahlbergs’ books from your own childhood and now share them with your own children, this is an event you won’t want to miss.

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