BARNES CHILDREN’S LITERATURE FESTIVAL RETURNS FOR NINTH YEAR AS UK’S LARGEST DEDICATED CHILDREN’S LITERATURE FESTIVAL
Win a family ticket to the event of your choice (subject to availability), plus a Festival book bundle featuring some of the fab authors participating this year. For terms and conditions please visit: www.barneskidslitfest.org. Winner will be chosen June 20th. Enter HERE.
About the festival
The UK’s largest dedicated children’s literature festival will return with a packed public programme of more than 100 author events, performances and free activities on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 June.
Comedy legend, Sir Lenny Henry; master storyteller, Sir Michael Morpurgo; multi-award winning author and environmental campaigner Dara McAnulty; Charlie and Lola creator, Lauren Child and million-selling author and illustrator Cressida Cowell will lead the line-up. Festival-favourite illustrators Axel Scheffler, who will celebrate 30 years of working with Julia Donaldson, and Lydia Monks will share tips, stories and live drawings.
A highlight will be a very special event to celebrate the centenary of beloved Barnes’ resident Judith Kerr, who lived and worked in the village for over sixty years. Judith’s daughter Tacy Kneale will join with Judith’s dear friends, the former Children’s Laureates, Sir Michael Morpurgo and Lauren Child as they chat to Nicolette Jones, the children’s books editor of The Sunday Times, to remember her remarkable life.
There’s plenty of fun for non-fiction fans too with superstar space scientist Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock who will answer the big questions for children and talk about her new non-fiction book Am I Made of Stardust? Acclaimed historian and broadcaster Tom Holland (Making History, The Rest is History etc) introduces his blockbuster retelling of the Persian Wars for children and Gareth P Jones will teach children how to play detective with his Solve Your Own Mystery books.
The festival caters to children of all ages – from picture books to non-fiction. View the complete programme here.
The Festival is presented in partnership with the University of Roehampton, St Paul’s School and Waterstones, who will act as bookseller.
For more information: www.barneskidslitfest.org