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Welcome… And get ready for another exciting year! It’s that time again and we can’t wait to share our line-up with you. Opening this year’s 10-day festival line-up is the amazing Waterstones Children’s Laureate, Lauren Child, which feels like the best possible start. Lauren has done our awesome cover too! After the opening night the excitement doesn’t end. We’re saying a big Bath hello to Philip Pullman, David Walliams, Tom Fletcher and Cressida Cowell. Also appearing are Lucy Worsley, Jess French, Jessie Burton, Katherine Rundell and a

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very special event with Zindzi Mandela. We’re also celebrating 25 years of Horrible Histories with Terry Deary and Martin Brown. There’ll be lots for our youngest bookworms too – The Gruffalo, Maisy, Paddington, Peter Rabbit and Pip & Posy. There’s something for everyone. Authors, illustrators, storytellers, modelmakers, dancers – we’ve got them all. Do take a minute to read about our new Share the Story scheme, too. It’ll help us reach more children and families than ever before – to help them discover the magical spell that can only be cast by a book.

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Lauren Child

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8+

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5-6pm | Guildhall | Tickets £7.50 | A1 In this very special opening event, Waterstones Children’s Laureate Lauren Child will be in conversation with Festival Artistic Director Gill McLay. Creator of much-loved characters Clarice Bean, Ruby Redfort and Charlie and Lola, Lauren will explore the magic of illustration and writing, and why staring into space helps you be creative. SPONSORED BY

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Sat 29 Sept

Animal Stories with Holly Webb 10-10.45am | Guildhall | Tickets £6.50 | B1 Holly Webb shares new stories from her bestselling and much-loved Animal Stories series. From stolen kittens to lost puppies and runaways, Holly’s animal tales have won her legions of fans. Find out all about the real puppies, kittens and other inspiring animals behind the books and enjoy a book-based craft activity!

AGE

6+

Charlie and Lola Storytime 10-10.45am | Guildhall | Tickets £6 | B2

AGE

4+

Fans of Lauren Child’s Charlie and Lola books will ABSOLUTELY COMPLETELY love this fun and lively interactive event full of games and stories, led by professional storyteller Devon Black. Come and learn about dogs of all shapes, sizes and colours – and what Lola wants hers to be like. A treat for little bookworms everywhere!

Meet Fabio: The World’s Greatest AGE Flamingo Detective! 5+ 11-11.45am | Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal | Tickets £6.50 | B4 Come along and meet Bath-favourite author Laura James and illustrator Emily Fox as they introduce you to Fabio – Flamingo Detective. Learn what it takes to be a detective and find out how to create your very own mystery that only Fabio could solve. With live drawing and more. 6


Saturday 29 September

David Walliams 10-11am | Forum | Tickets £9 | B3

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7+

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Join superstar David Walliams to celebrate his 10 years as a bestselling children’s author! Hear about the inspiration behind his favourite characters, listen to him read excerpts from some of his most popular books and get the chance to put your questions to the man himself. You’re in for a treat… Please note: There will not be a book signing after this event. SPONSORED BY

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Saturday 29 September

Storytime with Paddington

AGE

4+

11-11.45am / 3-3.45PM | Cricket Club | Tickets £6 | B5 | B16 Everybody’s favourite film star bear and Darkest Peru’s most famous export comes to life in these interactive Paddington character storytelling sessions. Discover how he met the Brown family, became friends with Mr Gruber and got to know his new home. Sandwiches to stay under your hats at all times!

Peter Brown Masterclass

AGE

8+

11am-12pm | Holburne Museum | Tickets £12 | B6 The Wild Robot is one of the most amazing illustrated novels you’ll ever read: a delicate, touching, uplifting tale of survival for all the family. Join brilliant author and illustrator Peter Brown for a hands-on drawing workshop based on scenes from the story. Learning to draw will never get any better than this! Please note: For masterclasses only, parents/guardians attend for free. Should they wish to stay, please see p65 for more information.

Pip & Posy Storytelling 12-12.45pm | Guildhall | Tickets £6 | B7

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The adorable Pip & Posy are the best of friends – most of the time! Created by Axel Scheffler, illustrator of The Gruffalo, this charming pair negotiate brilliantly the trials and tribulations of toddlers’ lives. Enjoy storytelling fun and activity and a personal appearance from Pip and Posy as well!

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3+


Saturday 29 September

Marcia Williams

AGE

9+

12-12.45pm | Guildhall | Tickets £6.50 | B8 It’s time to give Three Cheers for Women in this interactive and engaging event with master storyteller and illustrator Marcia Williams. Be inspired by the painter Frida Kahlo, save the environment alongside Wangari Maathai, and learn how to draw comics from Marcia herself. With fascinating facts and an interactive quiz. SPONSORED BY

Jeremy Strong – King of Comedy!

AGE

6+

1-1.45pm | Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal | Tickets £6.50 | B10 Laugh your socks off with the King of Comedy, Jeremy Strong, as he shares the giggles and fun from the latest story in the My Brother’s Famous Bottom series – My Brother’s Famous Bottom Makes a Splash! Inspiring, entertaining and just a little bit silly. . . don’t say we didn’t warn you!

Drawing Fun with Rob Biddulph 1-1.45pm | Cricket Club | Tickets £6.50 | B11

AGE

4+

Join the amazingly talented Rob Biddulph – illustrator of the Flat Stanley books – as he introduces his new picture book characters from Dinosaur Juniors. Meet Otto, Winnie and Greg(osaurus) and their other fantastic friends. Discover how Rob creates his books like Blown Away and Sunk! Come and join in!

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Saturday 29 September

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Horrible Histories: 7+ Terry Deary & Martin Brown 1-2pm | Forum | Tickets £9 | B9 History has never been more Horrible! In 2018, Horrible Histories celebrates 25 years of filling children’s heads with foul facts, savage stories and cruel cartoons. From Awful Egyptians to Woeful Second World War, join author terrible Terry Deary and evil illustrator Martin Brown to find out more about the horrible history of these beastly books. UNMISSABLE! SPONSORED BY

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Saturday 29 September

Meet Ade Adepitan 2-2.45pm | Guildhall | Tickets £7 | B12 Meet medal-winning Paralympian and author Ade Adepitan as he talks about his new book series, Ade’s Amazing Ade-ventures. Hear about moving to the UK from Nigeria, to the importance of friendship and challenges he faced every day as he was growing up, making him the inspiration that he is today. SPONSORED BY

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7+

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Princess Party with Paula Harrison

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5+

2-2.45pm | Guildhall | Tickets £6.50 | B13 Go on an adventure with The Rescue Princesses, a group of feisty action girls who help animals in trouble. Join author Paula Harrison to hear about the princesses’ latest adventures and the inspiration behind the books. Along with storytelling, there will be a craft activity so YOU can join in the fun!

Drawing Adventures with Guillaume Cornet

AGE

5+

2-3pm | Holburne Museum | Tickets £6.50 | B14 Come and meet author and illustrator Guillaume Cornet at this creative drawing event and get some hints and tips on how to build your colouring and character drawing skills. Have fun colouring his giant wall drawing and spot the elephants to win some cool prizes! 11


Saturday 29 September

Danny Wallace and Jamie Littler

AGE

8+

3-3.45pm | Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal | Tickets £7 | B15 Meet the rumbustious Danny Wallace and his budding side-kick, illustrator Jamie Littler, talking about the adventures of Hamish – a ten-year-old from a boringly ordinary town with a knack for saving the world. Become sworn into the PDF team, create illustrated characters and hear Danny read aloud from their latest adventure!

Zindzi Mandela 4-4.45pm | Guildhall | Tickets £7 | B17

AGE

7+

Zindzi Mandela was only 18 months old when her father Nelson Mandela went to prison. 27 years later, he became a global icon of peace and forgiveness. Ambassador Zindzi Mandela speaks about bringing his legacy to a new generation through her new book, Grandad Mandela. This is an incredibly special and unique event. SPONSORED BY

Sebastien de Castell – Spellslinger!

AGE

12+

4-4.45pm | Guildhall | Tickets £7 | B18 Calling all fantasy fans! Sebastien de Castell is the brilliant author of the Spellslinger series with its magical worlds, unexpected twists, wise-cracking heroes and deadly adventures. All the way from Canada, he’s here to tell you more about his amazing stories. Liked Guardians of the Galaxy? You’ll love these books! 12


Saturday 29 September

Dragons & Magic with Cressida Cowell

AGE

7+

5-6pm | Forum | Tickets £9 | B20 Bestselling author of How to Train Your Dragon, Cressida Cowell launched The Wizards of Once in Bath last year – and she’s back by popular demand. Hear her talk about the next book, Twice Magic, and hear tips on becoming an author. Cressida will also be doing some live drawing. Of course, there will be dragon talk too! SPONSORED BY

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Saturday 29 September

The Phoenix Story Comic: Live! 4.30-5.15pm | Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal | Tickets £7 | B19 Love comics? You need this mega comic power-up with The Phoenix comic’s Neill Cameron, creator of Mega Robo Bros. Enjoy a futuristic adventure as he leads you through creating your own amazing characters and stories. Bring your imagination, gain some top comic-making tips and walk away with your very own comic strip!

Fighting Fantasy

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7+

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9+

5.30-6.30pm | Guildhall | Tickets £7 | B21 Join blockbuster Fighting Fantasy choose-yourown-adventure-books creator Ian Livingstone and long-time super fan Charlie Higson to hear all about their new gamebook adventures. Higson brings his own brand of heart-stopping action, monsters and page-turning plotting to Allansia – expect the unexpected from these two creative masterminds.

Mystery Mayhem 5.30-6.15pm | Guildhall | Tickets £7 | B22

AGE

8+

Looking for mystery and adventure? Look no further! Join authors Sophie Cleverly (Scarlet and Ivy series) and Helena Duggan (A Place Called Perfect) to hear more about plotting the perfect tales and how to come up with that killer twist! Come along to hear top tips on suspense and starting your story… 14


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Sun 30 Sept

Wake Up with Maisy & Friends!

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3+

10-10.45am | Guildhall | Tickets £6 | C1 Maisy, the lovable mouse, has been delighting young children for a generation. Join Maisy and another Lucy Cousins favourite, Little Fish, for a fun-filled session with professional storyteller Liz Fost. Hear all about both their adorable adventures from the seaside to under the sea. With a special appearance by Maisy herself!

Claude with Alex T. Smith

AGE

5+

10-10.45am | Guildhall | Tickets £6.50 | C2 Bath-favourite author and illustrator Alex T. Smith introduces the much-loved character of Claude – the extraordinary dog with an extraordinary life. Alex will give an exclusive behind-the-scenes view of the making of the new Claude TV series – now on the Disney Channel! Come and learn how to draw Claude and more besides…

Matilda Theatre Dance Workshop

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7-9

Tickets £15 | C3 | Age 7-9 | 10-11am Tickets £15 | C6 | Age 10-12 | 12-1pm Royal High Junior School, Cranwell House, Weston Park East, Bath, BA1 2UZ Sing and dance to the music and choreography inspired by this West End sensation. No prior singing or dancing experience required. Each session closes with a presentation for parents and guardians. Participants should wear clothing they can move freely in, a T-shirt and leggings for example, and jazz shoes or trainers are ideal. Please note: For masterclasses only, parents/guardians attend for free. Should they wish to stay, please see p65 for more information.

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Sunday 30th September

Jamie Johnson

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7+

11-11.45am | Komedia | Tickets £7 | C4 Meet author Dan Freedman and hear how his experience of travelling to two World Cups with the England Team – interviewing the likes of Messi and Ronaldo – inspired him to create the character of Jamie Johnson. Find out how the books were turned into the smash-hit CBBC TV show!

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5+

My Worst Book Ever! with Bruce Ingman 11-11.45am | Cricket Club | Tickets £6.50 | C5 Get your creativity flowing! What can go wrong when you try to make a picture book? Lots! The manuscript gets soaked in tea, nibbled by snails and accidently printed in French and Chinese! Learn about the publication process and listen to Bruce Ingman’s stories and join in with his live drawing session.

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7+

Meet the Artist: JMW Turner 11.30am-12.30pm | Holburne Museum | Tickets £12 | C7 Get arty and join top illustrator Lizzy Stewart for a creative masterclass inspired by the paintings of JMW Turner. This hands-on activity session will look at Turner’s stunning seascapes and landscapes and top tips on keeping your very own sketchbook! Come along and join us to create your very own masterpiece! Please note: For masterclasses only, parents/guardians attend for free. Should they wish to stay, please see p65 for more information.

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Sunday 30 September

Minibeasts with Jess French

AGE

5+

12-12.45pm | Guildhall | Tickets £7 | C8 Join CBeebies Minibeast Adventures star, zoologist Dr Jess French as she introduces families to the remarkable and incredible world of minibeasts. Jess will have fascinating facts to help you find out more and introduce you to some of the true superheroes of the natural world. Come along to see them up close! SPONSORED BY

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4+

Bunnies vs Dinosaurs with Sarah McIntyre 1-1.45pm | Cricket Club | Tickets £6.50 | C11 Join the author and illustrator Sarah McIntyre as she delves into the worlds she has created – populated entirely by animals! Hop along to meet The New Neighbours and find out how a hopeful young diplodocus becomes Dinoville’s hero in Dinosaur Firefighters. Stories and drawing abound in this fun and interactive session.

Meet Liz Kessler!

AGE

8+

12-12.45pm | Guildhall | Tickets £6.50 | C9 If you love mermaids you’ll definitely want to dive into the watery world of part-girl, part-mermaid Emily Windsnap! Join bestselling author Liz Kessler as she takes you on a voyage beneath the surface of the oceans into Emily’s wondrously watery world. Excitement, danger, fun and adventure await you. Come on – jump in! 18


Sunday 30 September

Little Miss Inventor

AGE

3+

2-2.45pm | Guildhall | Tickets £6 | C12 Come and hear about the amazing Little Miss Inventor! Hear how her brain fizzes with ingenious inventions and help her design a new gadget that could save her friends when the world suddenly loses its colours – all in a hands-on story telling session with ace professional storyteller Leah Hamlin.

Meet Morris Gleitzman 2-2.45pm | Guildhall | Tickets £7 | C13

AGE

9+

Acclaimed Australian author Morris Gleitzman talks to Julia Eccleshare about his many books such as Once and Two Weeks with The Queen– which are sometimes funny, sometimes sad – but always entertaining. He’s an inspiration to young writers and is often as unpredictable, exciting, mysterious, funny and fascinating as his books!

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7+

Explorer: Alastair Humphreys 1-1.45pm | Komedia | Tickets £6.50 | C10 Calling all adventurers! Join author, micro adventurer and modern-day explorer Alastair Humphreys for an action-packed event. He’ll share stories of his daring expeditions and reveal the explorers from the past who inspired him. Come along to find out more and start planning your own adventures!

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Sunday 30 September

PETER PAN – NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE

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PG

2.45pm | Little Theatre, St Michaels Place, Bath BA1 1SG | Tickets £10 (adult)/£8 (child) | 2hr50min (incl. interval) | C15 When Peter Pan loses his shadow, Wendy helps him to reattach it. She’s invited to Neverland, where Tinker Bell, Tiger Lily and the vengeful Captain Hook await. A riot of magic, music and makebelieve ensues! Captured live at the National Theatre, this recorded performance of JM Barrie’s much-loved tale is a family triumph!

The Vikings with Janina Ramirez

AGE

8+

3-3.45pm | Komedia | Tickets £7 | C16 Be immersed in a world of riddles, runes and revenge with Viking expert and children’s author Janina Ramirez. Janina will introduce you to the fearless shield maiden Alva, reveal fascinating facts about the Vikings, and will need your help to solve a mysterious crime in the fjords of Kilsgard.

The Tiger Who Came To Tea Storytelling and Tea Party 3-3.45pm | Cricket Club | Tickets £6 | C17 Join storyteller Liz Fost for a birthday celebration of this children’s picture book classic. There’ll be fun, games and maybe a special visitor will knock at the door. Come along to help us celebrate the 50th anniversary of this famous storybook with party activities and a special party tea!

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3+


Sunday 30 September

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Dermot O’ Leary AGE

4-4.45pm | Guildhall | Tickets £8 | C18

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A puuuurfect event with Dermot O’Leary and Nick East. Join one of the UK’s best loved broadcasters, X Factor and BBC Radio 2 presenter Dermot O’Leary, to hear all about Toto the Ninja Cat and the Incredible Cheese Heist, the second book in Dermot’s animal escapade series for animal-loving kids. Hear all about the real-life Toto, rescued as a kitten along with her brother Silver by Dermot and his wife, Dee. SPONSORED BY

Mortal Engines A10+ with Philip Reeve GE

4-4.45pm | Guildhall | Tickets £7 | C19 Ahead of the Hollywood blockbuster film version of his classic Mortal Engines novel, author Philip Reeve talks about the inspiration behind the book, and the sequels that followed. Delve into his fantastically inventive mind to find out about his writing, ideas, humour, methods and creative process behind all his amazing novels.

Melvin Burgess 5-6pm | Komedia | Tickets £7 | C20

AGE

13+

Hear legend and proclaimed Godfather of YA Melvin Burgess in conversation with Festival Artistic Director John McLay as he joins us to discuss his new novel, The Lost Witch. Thrilling, adventurous and brave, his new contemporary fantasy is another amazing book from the author of Junk, Bloodsong and the Billy Elliot novelization.

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Joseph Coelho 10-10.45am | Guildhall | Tickets £4 | D1

AGE

5+

Hear picture book author and poet Joseph Coelho (who has been on Blue Peter! Woo Hoo!) share his magical story about a little girl and the worlds that hide in books. A fun-filled event for young bookworms, with bugs, dinosaurs and a rest on a beach! Hoorah for libraries!

Mon 1 Oct

Sarah McIntyre and Philip Reeve

AGE

7+

11.30am-12.15pm | Guildhall | Tickets £4 | D2 Storytelling superstars Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre present their latest thrilling adventure The Legend of Kevin. With games that will make you giggle and a drawing session to set you off on your own creative streak! Enjoy a magical adventure with sea monkeys, mermaids and plenty of custard creams!

The School of Music

AGE

7+

1.15-2pm | Guildhall | Tickets £4 | D3 The School of Music by Meurig and Rachel Bowen comes alive as they are joined by some up and coming actormusicians in this specially devised event. A fun and fast-paced sequence of interactive musical sketches introduces all the books’ quirky characters. Have a go at conducting and prepare yourselves for a good singalong!

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Monday 1 October

We’re Going On a Bear Hunt!

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3+

10-10.45am | BCURC | Tickets £6 | D4 You can’t go under it, you can’t go over it! We’re not scared! Join us on this friendly bear hunt to celebrate a classic story for the very youngest readers. Join us for a crafty session themed around the book and with a special hunt for the bear himself!

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Tuesday 2 October

3+

That’s Not My Unicorn! 10–10.45am | BCURC | TICKETS £6 | E4 Bring your youngest ones to this first book session with some truly magical creatures! There will be textures and sparkles galore as you decide what your unicorn will be. Maybe they’ll be bright and bold? Furry or shiny? Fire your imagination and find the joy in touchy, feely crafts!

MULTIPLE DATES!

Singing in the Rain Wed 3 Oct | 11am-12pm | Midsomer Norton Town Hall | Tickets £5 | F4 Thur 4 Oct | 12-1pm | Victoria Hall, Radstock | Tickets £5 | G3 Sat 6 Oct | 11am – 12pm | Keynsham Community Space | Tickets £5 | J7

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2+

Come along with your young bookworms to this joyous storytelling and activity event based on the classic song – now a beautiful and colourful picture book. Bring your messy clothes as session leader Chrissie Weltike explores the book with you. Sing some splish-splash songs and engage in some squirty rainbow activities! Adults go free but require a ticket.

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Chitra Soundar: Storyteller 10-10.45am | Guildhall | Tickets £4 | E1

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Come and listen to storyteller extraordinaire (and wannabee clown) Chitra Soundar as she tells atmospheric stories set in Indian forests where the storm lashes and thunder crashes. Find out how Mama Elephant reassured the baby animals and how Pattan saved his family from the big flood.

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Beetle Magic with M. G. Leonard 11.30am-12.15pm | Guildhall | Tickets £4 | E2 How well do you know the humble beetle? Did you know they are one of the most important creatures on the planet? Come and discover the wonderful world of beetles with M. G. Leonard, author of the bestselling Beetle Boy, Beetle Queen and Battle of the Beetles. Fun, facts and stories guaranteed!

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Make More Noise!

10+

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1.15-2pm | Guildhall | Tickets £4 | E3 Join Catherine Johnson and Katherine Woodfine for a celebration of Women’s Suffrage during this 100th anniversary year of women getting the vote. They’ll talk about the inspirational short stories they’ve contributed to the special Make More Noise anthology and discuss the ways women (and men) have chosen to protest both then and now. 25


Wed 3 Oct

100 Things To Know About Space

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8+

10-10.45am | Guildhall | Tickets £4 | F1 Did you know that snow on Mars is square? Or that there’s a cloud in outer space that tastes like raspberries? Join Alex Frith, Alice James and Jerome Martin in this interactive event as they take you on a fascinating journey to outer space. A Space Quiz! Fun facts! Space never felt so close…

Flying Fergus with Chris Hoy 11.30am-12.15pm | Guildhall | Tickets £4 | F2

AGE

6+

Join Olympic athlete, cyclist Sir Chris Hoy, co-author Joanna Nadin and illustrator Clare Elsom as they introduce their action-packed series Flying Fergus. Meet Fergus Hamilton and his friends and hear all about their adventures. Expect laughs, facts and live illustration! You do not need to bring your bikes to enjoy this event!

Absolutely Everything in 50 Minutes! 1.15-2.05pm | Guildhall | Tickets £4 | F3

AGE

7+

Enjoy Christopher Lloyd’s roller-coaster ride through the history of the world in 50 minutes! Embark on an entertaining journey across millennia and continents, and discover everything about the creation of planet Earth, the age of dinosaurs, the rise of humans, the miserable medieval times, globalization, wars, global warming – and much more! 26


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Wednesday 3 October

MINECRAFT Takeover! 5-6pm | Guildhall | Tickets £7 | F5

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7+

Get ready for some awesome MINECRAFT fun! Join Alex Wiltshire, expert author of the bestselling MINECRAFT Blockopedia and Mobestiary books, as he leads us through some non-stop MINECRAFT action and activity. Expect amazing facts, tricks and tips, a prize quiz and other exciting surprises. Fans of MINECRAFT unite!

Thursday 4 October GE Science Squad with 6+ Professor Robert Winston A

5-6pm | Guildhall | Tickets £7.50 | G5

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From the solar system to evolution and the human body, discover how machines work, where lightening comes from and how lungs allow you to breathe. The Science Squad is made up of the five STEM subjects; Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths and the professor will explain how they work together and why they are so important. AGE

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Writing For Young People: The Creative Process

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7-8pm | Guildhall | Tickets £7 | G6

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Want to write for children and teens? Join three published graduates from Bath Spa University’s MA in Writing For Young People – Fleur Hitchcock, Liz Brownlee and Mel Darbon as they discuss the creative process with MA Course Leader and author Julia Green. Join the panelists afterwards for a friendly drinks reception for a chance to mingle and ask questions of these and other local published authors.


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Nadia Shireen 11.30am-12.15pm | Guildhall | Tickets £4 | G2 Nadia Shireen is here for a noisy and immersive creative craft and story time session with live drawing! Nadia introduces her adorable animal characters, such as Norman, the bear in a bumble-bee onesie who starred in The Bumblebear and Dave, the cutest calf this side of the moon from The Cow Who Fell to Earth.

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5+

Friday 5 October

Friends Like These! Katie Thistleton and Lindsey Russell

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10+

6-7pm | Guildhall | Tickets £8 | H4

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Life can be hard, but we all know friends can make everything easier. Come and hear CBBC’s Katie Thistleton talk to her friend, Blue Peter presenter Lindsey Russell about her book, Dear Katie. An ambassador for mental health charity, YoungMinds, Katie understands the importance of talking about life. Come along and hear some tips on how to survive as well as stories from their lives in front and behind the camera.


Supertato & Friends: Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet 10-10.45am | Guildhall | Tickets £4 | H1

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4+

Fri 5 Oct

Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet present their brandnew singing-and-prancing show! Supertato and his old gang are back and this time they are joined by a new friend, Cake. Find out more about their fun-filled stories in this madcap interactive performance. This veg-tastic event promises to be the icing on a grand day out.

Welcome to The Nothing AGE To See Here Hotel 6+

11.30am-12.15pm | Guildhall | Tickets £4 | H2

Steven Butler and Steven Lenton welcome you to The Nothing to See Here Hotel! Find out more about this fabulously funny series with the hilariously naughty Steven Butler and allow Steven Lenton to draw you into the adventure as he teaches you how to draw one of weirdest and wackiest characters!

Frank Cottrell Boyce 1.15-2pm | Guildhall | Tickets £4 | H3

AGE

9+

Ever wondered what happened to the first dog in space? Want to find out Ten Things Worth Doing on Earth? Top author and all-round brilliant person Frank Cottrell Boyce is here with all these answers and more, as he introduces you to the Blythe family, Prez and Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth. 31


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Festival Diary

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Event

Time

Age

Venue

Page

5-6pm

8+

Guildhall

5

P

Friday 28 September A1

Lauren Child

Saturday 29 September B1

Animal Stories with Holly Webb

10-10.45am

6+

Guildhall

6

B2

Charlie and Lola Storytime

10-10.45am

4+

Guildhall

6

B3

David Walliams

10-11am

7+

Forum

7

B4

Meet Fabio

11-11.45am

5+

Masonic Hall at Old 6 Theatre Royal

B5

Storytime with Paddington

11-11.45am

4+

Cricket Club

8

B6

Peter Brown Masterclass

11am-12pm

8+

Holburne Museum

8

B7

Pip & Posy Storytelling

12-12.45pm

3+

Guildhall

8

B8

Marcia Williams

12-12.45pm

9+

Guildhall

9

B9

Horrible Histories

1-2pm

7+

Forum

10

B10

Jeremy Strong

1-1.45pm

6+

Masonic Hall at Old 9 Theatre Royal

B11

Drawing fun with Rob Biddulph

1-1.45pm

4+

Masonic Hall at Old 9 Theatre Royal

B12

Meet Ade Adepitan

2-2.45pm

7+

Guildhall

11

B13

Princess Party

2-2.45pm

5+

Guildhall

11

B14

Drawing Adventures Guilaume Cornet

2-3pm

5+

Holburne Museum

11

B15

Danny Wallace and Jamie Littler

3-3.45pm

8+

Masonic Hall at Old 12 Theatre Royal

B16

Storytime with Paddington

3-3.45pm

4+

Cricket Club

8

B17

Zindzi Mandela

4-4.45pm

7+

Guildhall

12

B18

Sebastien de Castell

4-4.45pm

12+

Guildhall

12

B19

The Phoenix Story Comic: Live!

4.30-5.15pm

7+

Masonic Hall at Old 14 Theatre Royal

B20

Dragons & Magic with Cressida Cowell

5-6pm

7+

Forum

13

B21

Fighting Fantasy

5.30-6.30pm

9+

Guildhall

14

B22

Mystery Mayhem

5.30-6.15pm

8+

Guildhall

14

Sunday 30 September C1

Wake up! With Maisy & Friends

10-10.45am

3+

Guildhall

16

C2

Alex T. Smith

10-10.45am

5+

Guildhall

16

C3

Matilda Theatre Dance Workshop 10-11am

7+

Royal High

16

C4

Jamie Johnson

11-11.45am

7+

Komedia

17

C5

My Worst Book Ever! with Bruce Ingman

11-11.45am

5+

Cricket Club

17

C6

Matilda Theatre Dance Workshop 12-1pm

10+

Royal High

16

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Festival Diary

C

Event

Time

Age

Venue

Page

C7

Meet the Artist: JMW Turner

11.30am12.30pm

7+

Holburne Museum

17

C8

Minibeasts with Jess French

12-12.45pm

5+

Guildhall

18

C9

Liz Kessler

12-12.45pm

8+

Guildhall

18

C10

Explorer: Alastair Humphreys

1-1.45pm

7+

Komedia

19

C11

Bunnies vs Dinosaurs

1-1.45pm

5+

Cricket Club

18

C12

Little Miss Inventor

2-2.45pm

3+

Guildhall

19

C13

Meet Morris Gleitzman

2-2.45pm

9+

Guildhall

19

C14

Tessa Strickland Masterclass Picture Books

2-4.30pm

Adult

Holburne Museum

55

C15

NT Peter Pan

2.45-5.15pm

PG

Little Theatre

20

C16

The Vikings with Janina Ramirez

3-3.45pm

8+

Komedia

20

C17

The Tiger Who Came To Tea

3-3.45pm

3+

Cricket Club

20

C18

Dermot O' Leary

4-4.45pm

7+

Guildhall

21

C19

Mortal Engines with Philip Reeve

4-4.45pm

10+

Guildhall

21

Melvin Burgess

5-6pm

13+

Komedia

21

C20

Monday 1 October D1

Joseph Coelho

10-10.45am

5+

Guildhall

23

D4

We're going On A Bear Hunt

10-10.45am

3+

BCURC

24

D2

Sarah Mcintyre & Philip Reeve

11.30am12.15pm

7+

Guildhall

23

D3

The School of Music

1.15-2pm

7+

Guildhall

23

D5

Lucy Christopher - Adult Creative Writing Masterclass

6-8.30pm

Adult

Guildhall

55

Tuesday 2 October E1

Chitra Soundar

10-10.45am

5+

Guildhall

25

E4

That's Not My Unicorn

10-10.45am

3+

BCURC

24

E2

Beetle Magic with M.G. Leonard

11.3012.15pm

8+

Guildhall

25

E3

Make More Noise

1.15-2pm

10+

Guildhall

25

L1

Kate Humble

7-8pm

Adult

Guildhall

58

Wednesday 3 October

34

F1

100 Things to Know About Space

10-10.45pm

8+

Guildhall

26

F4

Singing in the Rain with Chrissie Weltike

11am-12pm

2+

Midsomer Norton Town Hall

24

F2

Flying Fergus with Chris Hoy, Jo Nadin & Claire Elsom

11.30am12.15pm

6+

Guildhall

26

F3

Absolutely Everything in 50 minutes with Christopher Llyod

1.15-2.05pm

7+

Guildhall

26

F5

Minecraft

5-6pm

7+

Guildhall

28

P


Festival Diary

C

Event

Time

Age

Venue

Page

P

Thursday 4 October G2

Nadia Shireen

11.30am12.15pm

5+

Guildhall

30

G3

Singing in the Rain with Chrissie Weltike

12-1pm

2+

Victoria Hall

24

G5

Science Squad with Robert Winston

5-6pm

6+

Guildhall

28

G6

Writing for Young People: The Creative Process

7-8pm

13+

Guildhall

28

Friday 5 October H1

Supertato Sue Hendra & Paul Linnet

10-10.45am

4+

Guildhall

31

H2

Nothing to See Here Hotel Steven Lenton & Steven Butler

11.30am12.15pm

6+

Guildhall

31

H3

Frank Cottrell Boyce

1.15-2pm

9+

Guildhall

31

H4

Friends Like These Katie Thistleton

6-7pm

10+

Guildhall

30

Saturday 6 October J1

Frank Cottrell Boyce

10-10.45am

9+

Guildhall

38

J2

Bold Women in Black History with 10-10.45am Vashti Harison

7+

Guildhall

38

J3

Gaspard the Fox

10-10.45am

4+

Cricket Club

38

J4

Emma Carroll - Middle Grade Adult creative Writing

10-12.30pm

Adult

Holburne Museum

55

J5

Tom Fletcher

11am-12pm

8+

Forum

39

J6

Aardman/Early Man model making workshop

11am-12pm

6+

Forum

40

J7

Singing in the Rain with Chrissie Weltike

11am-12pm

2+

Keynsham Community Space

24

J12

Meet Jessica Townsend

11-11.45pm

J8

Peter Rabbit & Friends

12-12.45pm

4+

Guildhall

40

J9

Re-imagining FairyTales

12-12.45pm

10+

Guildhall

41

J11

Aardman/ Early Man model making workshop

1-2pm

6+

Forum

40

J13

Pirates Ahoy! Jonny Duddle

1-1.45pm

4+

Masonic Hall

41

J14

Meet the Olobobs

1-1.45pm

2+

Cricket Club

41

J15

Climb the 104-storey Treehouse Andy Griffiths

2-2.45pm

7+

Guildhall

42

J16

Drawing Fun with Sara Ogilvie

3-3.45pm

4+

Cricket Club

42

Masonic Hall at Old 40 Theatre Royal

35


Festival Diary C

Event

Time

Age

Venue

Page

J17

Make your Comedy Shine Masterclass

3-4.30pm

7+

Holburne Museum

44

J18

You're a Funny Man, Andy Stanton!

4-4.45pm

7+

Guildhall

44

J19

Mermaids, Unicorns & Magic Lydia 4-4.45pm Monks

4+

Guildhall

44

J20

Philip Pullman

10+

Forum

43

J21

Aardman/ Early Man model making 4-5pm workshop

6+

Forum

40

J22

Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes Show

4.30-5.15pm

7+

Cricket Club

42

J23

Nadiya Hussain

5.45-6.45pm

7+

Guildhall

45

Marcus Sedgwick

5.45-6.45pm

12+

Guildhall

45

J24

4-5pm

Sunday 7 October K1

Fantastically Great Women Who Made History Kate Pankhurst

10-10.45am

6+

Guildhall

47

K2

Storytime with The Gruffalo

10-10.45am

3+

Guildhall

47

K3

Meet Abi Elphinstone

11-11.45am

8+

Masonic Hall at Old 47 Theatre Royal

K4

Oh No, It's Dirty Bertie!

11-11.45am

4+

Cricket Club

48

K5

Harry Hill

11am-12pm

7+

Komedia

48

K6

All You Ever Wanted To Know About LEGO® Star Wars™!

12-12.45pm

6+

Guildhall

48

K7

Suffragette: The Battle for Equality 12-12.45pm with David Roberts

12+

Guildhall

49

K8

Making Stories with Julia Green

8+

Holburne Museum

49

K9

Jungle Explorer: Katherine Rundell 1-1.45pm

8+

Masonic Hall at Old 49 Theatre Royal

K10

How to Draw the Beano

1-1.45pm

8+

Cricket Club

50

K11

Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts

2-3pm

8+

Guildhall

50

K12

The New Secret Seven with Pamela Butchart

2-2.45pm

7+

Guildhall

50

K13

So You Think You Know About Dinosaurs Ben Garrod

3-3.45pm

7+

Masonic Hall at Old 51 Theatre Royal

K14

Storytime with The Gruffalo

3-3.45pm

3+

Cricket Club

47

K15

Julian Clary & David Roberts

3-4pm

7+

Komedia

51

K16

Lucy Worsley

4-4.45pm

11+

Guildhall

51

K17

Meet David Solomons

4-4.45pm

9+

Guildhall

52

K18

Chris Riddell

5.30-6.30pm

9+

Guildhall

52

K19

David Almond

5.30-6.30pm

10+

Guildhall

52

L2

Anton Du Beke

7-8pm

Adult

Komedia

58

10-12.30pm

6+

The Pavilion

57

12-1.30pm

Sunday 9 December M1

36

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Celebrating Storytelling

Proud to be supporting storytelling at the Bath Children's Literature Festival. Open Morning: Friday 12 October www.paragonschool.com


Sat 6 Oct

Frank Cottrell Boyce

AGE

9+

10-10.45am | Guildhall | Tickets £7.50 | J1 Ever wondered what happened to the first dog in space? Want to find out Ten Things Worth Doing on Earth? Top author and all-round brilliant person Frank Cottrell Boyce is here with all these answers and more, as he introduces you to the Blythe family, Prez and Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth. SPONSORED BY

Bold Women in Black History with Vashti Harrison 10-10.45am | Guildhall | Tickets £6.50 | J2

AGE

7+

Join international author, illustrator and filmmaker Vashti Harrison for a morning of storytelling, arts and crafts, inspiration and drawing! Vashti will introduce you to some of the incredible trailblazing black women, from past and present, that she features in her book Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History.

Gaspard the Fox!

AGE

10-10.45am | Cricket Club | Tickets £6.50 | J3

4+

Join BBC broadcaster and author Zeb Soanes and illustrator James Mayhew in this fun and fascinating event celebrating urban foxes and their relationship with us humans. Hear the story, find out foxy facts and learn how to draw one with the illustrator James. Book signing includes a paw-print from Gaspard! 38


Saturday 6 October

Tom Fletcher 11am-12pm | Forum | Tickets £9 | J5

AGE

8+

Y FAMIL

Join bestselling children’s author Tom Fletcher for a magical musical adventure! Travel to the Woleb and discover the world under your bed Where The Creakers live and celebrate Christmas early with everyone’s favourite dinosaur, the Christmasaurus! Get your imaginations and singing voices ready, this event promises to be entertainment for the whole family. And not just because Tom is also lead singer, songwriter and guitarist of the hugely successful McFly! Have your questions ready for the audience Q&A.

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Saturday 6 October

Early Man Model Making Workshop

AGE

6+

11am-12pm | 1-2pm | 4-5pm | Forum | Tickets £15 | J6 | J11 | J21 Aardman Animation, creators of Shaun the Sheep and Wallace & Gromit, give you the chance to learn how to make your very own clay character from their latest film Early Man at this fun, hands-on clay modelling workshop. Lead by an expert model maker, you’ll also get to ask questions and get top tips about animation techniques. SPONSORED BY

Meet Jessica Townsend

AGE

8+

11-11.45am | Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal | Tickets £7 | J12 Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow is the publishing sensation of moment – winning fans and awards across the globe. In this very special event, author Jessica Townsend talks about her book, the sequel and how her extraordinarily infectious and entertaining book came to be. Expect magic and mayhem. Get your questions ready!

AGE

Peter Rabbit & Friends 12-12.45pm | Guildhall | Tickets £6 | J8 Come along to this interactive event for an opportunity to meet Peter Rabbit and his sworn enemy, Mr McGregor. Hot on the heels of this year’s hit Peter Rabbit film, join us for an energetic, boisterous, comical and lively encounter. Can they set aside their differences and make friends after all? 40

4+


Saturday 6 October

Reimagining Fairy Tales with Jessie Burton

AGE

10+

12-12.45pm | Guildhall | Tickets £7 | J9 Think you know fairy tales? Think again! Join bestselling author Jessie Burton for a fun and interactive event that turns your favourite tales on their head! Hear about The Restless Girls and how to create your own magical realms before Jessie quizzes you about the darker side of fairy tales!

Let’s Visit The Olobobs! 1-1.45pm | Cricket Club | Tickets £6.50 | J14

AGE

2+

Join the world of CBeebies favourite, Olobob Top and discover the magical world of shapes, colours and patterns with creator Leigh Hodgkinson. Say hello to Tib, Lalloo, Bobble and all their friends as we celebrate all things Olobob. There will be games, prizes and creativity... but most of all - fun!

Pirates Ahoy!

AGE

4+

1-1.45pm | Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal | Tickets £7 | J13 Yo ho ho! Celebrate the hilarious voyages of the Jolley-Rogers, the most intrepid pirates of the Seven Seas with real life ex-pirate Jonny Duddle. He’ll introduce us to his new title The Pirate of Scurvy Sands by putting on a bonkers pirate performance with live drawing special readings! Shiver me timbers!

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Saturday 6 October

AGE

7+

Climb The 104-storey Treehouse with Andy Griffiths 2-2.45pm | Guildhall | Tickets £7 | J15 Ready to roll on the floor laughing? Join Andy Griffiths, Australia’s funniest funny rock star children’s author, for a very special, hilarious Treehouse Storey-Telling session. Expect sidesplitting antics and topsy-turvy tales. Be dazzled by Andy’s methods of storytelling and wacky imagination. Prepare to be seriously amused! Bath won’t know what’s hit it!

Drawing Fun with Sara Ogilvie

AGE

4+

3-3.45pm | Cricket Club | Tickets £6.50 | J16 Award-winning illustrator Sara Ogilvie invites you into her colourful world of kooky characters and playful stories. Join Sara as she talks about and draws some of her exciting picture books including Dogs Don’t Do Ballet, The Worst Princess, Izzy Gismo and now Dave the Lonely Monster.

Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes Show

AGE

7+

4.30-5.15pm | Cricket Club | Tickets £6.50 | J22 Welcome to Camp Half-Blood, the iconic demi-god training ground from the Percy Jackson novels by Rick Riordan! Join messenger of the gods Hermes (professional actor Alastair Watson) as he guides aspiring demi-gods through the world of Rick Riordan’s contemporary storytelling and Ancient Greek mythology in a fun and interactive one-god-show! 42


Saturday 6 October

Philip Pullman

AGE

10+

Y FAMIL

4-5pm | Forum | Tickets ÂŁ9 | J20 Enter the magical world of Philip Pullman, author of Northern Lights and La Belle Sauvage in this very special event with one of the best-loved and most highly acclaimed authors in the world. Hear him talk about how he builds his fantasy worlds, fall in love with his brave and resilient characters and get the chance to ask this master storyteller your own burning questions. Please note: There will not be a book signing at this event.

SPONSORED BY

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Saturday 6 October

Make Your Comedy Shine with Harry Heape and Rebecca Bagley AGE 7+

3-4.30pm | Holburne Museum | Tickets £15 | J17 Feeling confuzzled about comedy? Help is at hand in the laboratory of laughter with author Harry Heape and picture wizard Chewbacca Wiggley (real name: Rebecca Bagley!). Write and draw comic characters, set them loose in silly situations, and go home feeling as happy as a bum in a toilet. Please note: For masterclasses only, parents/guardians attend for free. Should they wish to stay, please see p65 for more information.

You’re a Funny Man, Andy Stanton! 4-4.45pm | Guildhall | Tickets £7.50 | J18 Join the ridiculously funny Bath favourite Andy Stanton for some hilarious and joyous nonsense as he talks about his Mr Gum series, as well as his new book, Natboff! One Million Years of Stupidity. There’ll be plenty of laughter, silly voices and horrible, horrible singing – in short, business as usual! SPONSORED BY

AGE

7+

Mermaids, Unicorns & Magic with Lydia Monks

AGE

4+

4-4.45pm | Guildhall | Tickets £7 | J19 Join author and illustrator Lydia Monks on an exciting adventure with a girl, a bear and some very special new shoes! See mermaids, unicorns and a whole host of glittering characters. Her many sparkling stories come to life before your very eyes as Lydia’s live illustration unfolds! 44


Saturday 6 October

Nadiya Hussain 5.45-6.45pm | Guildhall | Tickets £7.50 | J23 Since she stole the nation’s hearts as winner of Great British Bake Off, Nadiya Hussain has become a national treasure – and not only for her amazing baking. Her life story is inspirational and her family cookbooks are a must in every kitchen – especially for budding young star bakers. Come and hear her recipe for success!

FAMILY

AGE

7+

SPONSORED BY

Marcus Sedgwick 5.45-6.45pm | Guildhall | Tickets £7 | J24

AGE

12+

Join Marcus Sedgwick, award-winning author of My Swordhand is Singing and Revolver as he explores the monsters we create in literature and our own minds, as well as his new book The Monsters We Deserve, a reappraisal of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Taut, tense, terrifying: get ready to be challenged.

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Sun 7 Oct

Fantastically Great Women Who Made History 10-10.45am | Guildhall | Tickets £6.50 | K1

AGE

6+

Stand tall with suffragette leader Flora Drummond! Send secret messages with brave WWII undercover wireless radio operator, Noor Khan! Meet a whole host of women who made history with Kate Pankhurst in this interactive event that is not just for girls but for all young change makers. Be inspired!

Storytime with the Gruffalo 10-10.45am (Guildhall) | 3-3.45pm (Cricket Club) | Tickets £6 | K2 | K14

AGE

3+

Take a stroll through the deep dark wood… Come along to this fun-packed event for our youngest bookworms, with storytelling and activities inspired by The Gruffalo himself! Owl ice-cream not provided!

Meet Abi Elphinstone 11-11.45am | Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal | Tickets £7 | K3

AGE

8+

From chasing the northern lights to living with Kazakh Eagle Hunters in Mongolia, author Abi Elphinstone will be talking about the real-life adventures behind her books. Sharing exciting and unusual objects linked to her characters from catapults to wolf fangs, she’ll show you how to leap into stories of your own.

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Sunday 7 October AGE

Oh No, It’s Dirty Bertie!

4+

11-11.45am | Cricket Club | Tickets £7 | K4 Come along to meet Alan MacDonald, author of the bestselling Dirty Bertie series – all about the boy with nose-pickingly disgusting habits! Share some of the comic chaos of Bertie’s world and take part in a spot of Bertie-style mischievousness with Alan himself. You have been warned…

Harry Hill

AGE

11am-12pm | Komedia | Tickets £8 | K5

7+

FAMILY

Join the comedy superstar of TV Burp and You’ve Been Framed Harry Hill for an hour of hilarious, side-splitting fun as he presents his latest children’s book all about Matt Millz – Britain’s youngest comedian. Back in Bath by overwhelming popular demand, don’t miss Britain’s favourite comedian in action. We’ll all be talking about this event for ages afterwards! SPONSORED BY

All You Ever Wanted To Know About LEGO® Star Wars™! A 12-12.45pm | Guildhall | Tickets £7 | K6 Ever wanted to create a pencil pot shaped like your favourite Sith or Jedi? Build a fleet of tiny TIEs? Design Darth Vader’s family tree? Then this is event you have been looking for! Join a top expert to find out about all things LEGO® Star Wars™ and for some amazing brick fun – including a mini-make! 48

GE

6+


Sunday 7 October

Suffragette: The Battle for Equality with David Roberts

AGE

12+

12-12.45pm | Guildhall | Tickets £6.50 | K7

Suffragette is a tale of astounding bravery, ingenuity and strength. The fight for women, 100 years ago, to get the right to vote. David Roberts brings to life the many vivid characters of the women’s suffrage movement – from the militant activist Rosa May Billinghurst to the world-famous Emmeline Pankhurst. A fantastic introduction to a fascinating topic.

Making Stories with Julia Green 12-1.30pm | Holburne Museum | Tickets £15 | K8

AGE

8+

Set sail on an exciting creative voyage as author Julia Green introduces her new story To the Edge of the World in a writing workshop designed to help you create your own gripping sea adventure. Julia shows you how to begin a story about your own favourite wild places. Please note: For masterclasses only, parents/guardians attend for free. Should they wish to stay, please see p65 for more information.

Jungle Explorer: Katherine Rundell

SPONSORED BY

1-1.45pm | Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal | Tickets £7 | K9 Calling all Explorers! Full of adventure, survival and bravery, award-winning author Katherine Rundell’s latest book, The Explorer, is inspired by her expedition to the Amazon. Hear about her incredible travels, daring hobbies and how her childhood in Zimbabwe have influenced her writing.

AGE

8+

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Sunday 7 October AGE

8+

How to Draw THE BEANO 1-1.45pm | Cricket Club | Tickets £6.50 | K10 Celebrate Beano’s 80th anniversary! Join Beano writer and illustrator, and creator of Dennis and Chamber of Mischief, Nigel Auchterlounie for a drawing masterclass where he’ll share tips on how to write and draw your Beano favourites, including Dennis and Gnasher. Nigel will also reveal the drawing ‘cheats’ he uses to help you with your own drawing!

SPONSORED BY

Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts

AGE

8+

2-3pm | Guildhall | Tickets £7 | K11 Are you a fantastically beastly fan of the Harry Potter? Join Fleur Laffalot for a family-friendly journey through J.K. Rowling’s much-loved books. Discover fun facts and find out more in this funny, silly event for anyone who has ever wanted to explore the magical world of Harry Potter! SPONSORED BY

The new Secret Seven with Pamela Butchart

AGE

7+

2-2.45pm | Guildhall | Tickets £7 | K12

50

It’s time to look behind the green door of the Secret Seven’s shed again! Enid Blyton’s much-loved detective club are back in a superbly entertaining new adventure written by Pamela Butchart – author of Baby Aliens Got My Teacher! Pamela introduces her new Secret Seven story – which has for more mystery, excitement, friendship and FUN than ever before!


Sunday 7 October

So You Think You Know About AGE 7+ Dinosaurs? 3-3.45pm | Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal | Tickets £7 | K13 TV and radio star, evolutionary biologist Ben Garrod looks at the best-known dinosaur species and uses the most modern and interesting science to reveal amazing new discoveries. Fun and informative, prepare to be entertained! For all the Jurassic Park fans out there who need to know the truth!

Julian Clary and David Roberts 3-4pm | Komedia | Tickets £7.50 | K15

AGE

SPONSORED BY

7+

The Bolds are back! Join the hilarious comedian, author and entertainer Julian Clary and illustrator David Roberts to find out more about Teddington’s most famous family. Enjoy some wildly hilarious readings from Julian and some fantastic live drawing from David! Be prepared to laugh, cackle and howl like a hyena!

AGE

Lucy Worsley

11+

4-4.45pm | Guildhall | Tickets £7 | K16 Join historian and TV presenter Lucy Worsley and see her bring the past alive! Thrilling, dramatic and captivating – discover the story of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon’s famous divorce told through the eyes of their daughter. Expect costumes, trivia and tips on how to get out of jail! SPONSORED BY

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Sunday 7 October

Meet David Solomons

AGE

9+

4-4.45pm | Guildhall | Tickets £7 | K17 Polish up your knowledge of super heroes and villains. Heard of Arm Fall Off Boy? Know what Superman’s weakness is? Find out this and more as David Solomons shares stories from some of his side-splittingly funny books like My Brother is a Superhero. Like saving the world? Dramatic alien visits? You’ll like this!

Tales of Beedle The Bard with Chris Riddell

AGE

9+

5.30-6.30pm | Guildhall | Tickets £7 | K18 From hopping pots to magical rabbits even wizards need their own fairy tales. The Tales of Beedle the Bard contain five such stories and is a must-read for any Harry Potter fan. Join Chris Riddell as he talks about and draws examples of his amazing art from the new illustrated edition.

David Almond

AGE

10+

5.30-6.30pm | Guildhall | Tickets £7 | K19 Join David Almond, the award-winning author of Skellig and My Name is Mina, in conversation with Festival Artistic Director John McLay, as they look back on the last 20 years of David’s incredible and ground-breaking work for young readers. David will read from his moving, funny and magical new novel, The Colour of the Sun. SPONSORED BY

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House of Imagination, a popup, drop-in creative haven, will also be available throughout the Bath Children’s Literature Festival, providing visitors with free workshops run by illustrators, story-tellers and imagination seekers. Forest of Imagination is returning to the World Heritage City of Bath for its fifth year.

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LOOK OUT FOR THE FESTIV’OWL Bath Children’s Literature Festival and Emery Building Contractors have teamed up to create a head-turning owl design for the Minerva’s Owls of Bath project that will see over 80 owl statues displayed across the city of Bath and the surrounding area from 25 June through to 10 September. Our Festiv’Owl has been designed by the celebrated illustrator of the Horrible Histories books, Martin Brown, so keep your eyes peeled! The design will be a celebration of all things historical – Emery’s long history in Bath, the 25th anniversary of the first Horrible Histories book and the 70th anniversary of Bath Festivals. Our Festiv’Owl will be nesting in the King’s Lounge in the Roman Bath so come along and see the finished design, take part in our online quiz and keep up-to-date on all of our festival news!

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Adult Creative Writing Masterclass A special series of three practical workshops for adults on writing children’s fiction. If you’re a new or aspiring author working on a picture book, middle grade or young adult novel – come and learn the techniques you need to take your writing to the next level. SUNDAY 30 SEPTEMBER

Writing Picture Books with Tessa Strickland 2-4.30pm | Holburne Museum | Tickets £40 | C14 | Adult Join best-selling picture book author and founder of Barefoot Books Tessa Strickland for a workshop on writing picture books. Bring your picture book ideas and get advice on developing key themes, creating strong characters and structure. Tessa will help you sharpen your technique and develop your own unique style, giving you the confidence to let your imagination fly.

MONDAY 1 OCTOBER

Writing YA with Lucy Christopher 6-8.30PM | Guildhall | Tickets £40 | D5 | Adult Whether you're starting your first foray into YA or already have a novel well under way, this experienced, award-winning author will guide you through the joys and challenges of engaging readers on the verge of adulthood. Writing young adult fiction comes with its own special demands. Learn how to get it right.

SATURDAY 6 OCTOBER

Writing Middle Grade with Emma Carroll 10am-12.30pm | Holburne Museum | Tickets £40 | J4 | Adult If you’re writing fiction for children aged 8-12, join author Emma Carroll – bestselling author of Letters to the Lighthouse, Sky Chasers and In Darkling Woods - as she guides you through essential elements of the writing process. From crafting characters to creating a brilliant plot that’s guaranteed to have kids reading until the very last page, you’ll go away with the techniques you need to make your story sing.

SPECIAL OFFER! Buy all three Adult Masterclass events for £100 (saving £20).Use Code: AdultWriting

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Independent day and boarding for girls aged 3-18

A creative education is closer than you think Shortlisted twice for TES Creativity Awards Junior Weston Park East, Bath, BA1 2UZ | Senior Lansdown Road, Bath, BA1 5SZ www.royalhighbath.gdst.net | royalhigh@rhsb.gdst.net | @royalhighbath


The Snowman with Michael Morpurgo 5-6pm | The Pavilion | Tickets £8 | M1 An extraordinary tale of true Christmas magic! Join one of the UK’s most acclaimed children’s writers, Michael Morpurgo, to celebrate his re-telling of the much-loved story by Raymond Briggs, The Snowman. Michael will read an extract from his magical new novel and everyone will get the chance to do a live draw-long with The Snowman illustrator Robin Shaw. The Snowman himself might even make an appearance! Enjoy lots of snowy and seasonal fun for the whole family in the foyer ahead of the show, this is an event you won’t want to miss!

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TUESDAY 2 OCTOBER

KATE HUMBLE 7-8pm | Guildhall | Tickets £9 | L1 Kate Humble has brought British TV audiences closer to the wonders of the natural world throughout her presenting career, in programmes such as Springwatch, Back to the Land and most recently Off the Beaten Track. She joins us to talk about her new book, Thinking on My Feet – an inspiring journal in which Kate shares the joys and benefits of walking, and meets other people who have discovered the magical effect of putting one foot in front of the other.

SUNDAY 7 OCTOBER

ANTON DU BEKE 7-8pm | Komedia | Tickets £9 | L2 A national treasure and much-loved by millions of Strictly Come Dancing fans for his impeccable style and unmatched charm, Anton du Beke has used his talents as an entertainer to pen his debut novel, One Enchanted Evening. On a rare break from his Strictly duties, Anton will take you on a journey to 1930s London and the glitz and glamour of the exclusive Buckingham Hotel. Discover an irresistible world of scandal and secrets!

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PROUD TO SPONSOR LAUREN CHILD & PHILIP PULLMAN BELIEVE IN WHAT CAN BE ACHIEVED IN YOUR FIRST YEAR AT SCHOOL Purpose built state of the art Nursery and Reception welcoming children from 9 months Small class sizes, high staff / pupil ratio - Specialist teaching in bright spacious bespoke classrooms Dedicated age-specific play areas - Outstanding practitioners PREP SCHOOL: kpsreception@kingswood.bath.sch.uk | 01225 734462

LEARN.CREATE.EXPLORE - WHERE WILL YOUR FUTURE TAKE YOU? Outstanding academic results with over 90% of all applicants securing places at their preferred university Reputation for sport and links with professional clubs - Over 100 co-curricular activities available Inspirational Music, Drama and Creative Arts - Top quality boarding provision with superb pastoral care SENIOR SCHOOL: admissions@kingswood.bath.sch.uk | 01225 734210

www.kingswood.bath.sch.uk Independent Co-educational Boarding & Day Schools for pupils aged 9 months – 18 years


Share the story This year, we are introducing a new scheme to help reach more children and create more opportunities for young readers to meet their heroes. Every year, John and I, as Artistic Directors, feel very honoured and humbled to see the magic that happens at that very moment. To witness a child meet their wordsmith hero or the illustrator of their favourite story. It can inspire children to read more and maybe even lift that pencil and start their own stories. It can also give them the chance to have fun with story and be part of the festival itself. We are all about having fun with stories and that includes creating your own and being given the chance to share it. Please help us to include more children and share that magic. For us, it’s why we do what we do and we couldn’t do any of it without you.

So how can you help? You can help us reach more people by donating £5 to our Share The Story Fund when you buy your tickets. 100% of your gift will give other children the chance to come along and join in. We will work alongside organisations and schools to make sure Share The Story tickets reach the right people. Thank you for your support. If you are an organisation and able to help please contact us direct at sharethestory@bathfestivals.org.uk

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Inspiring and Empowering Children and Young People through the Arts SCHOOLS PROGRAMME We want as many children as possible to access the wealth of brilliant authors and illustrators coming to the festival and celebrate reading with us, so we have programmed 15 fantastic events in the Guildhall for schools and home-schooled children, check them out on P23-31. Centurion Travel are enabling even more children to attend as our Schools Programme Transport Partner. We also have 5 amazing YA authors who write brilliant books for young people touring local schools and inspiring pupils on the next stage of their reading journeys.

Mon 1 Oct – Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Wed 3 Oct – Nikesh Shukla

Fri 5 Oct – Katie Thistleton

Tues 2 Oct – Jewell Parker Rhodes

Thurs 4 Oct – Toby Thompson

RAISE YOUR VOICE - POETRY SLAM To celebrate National Poetry Day, we are presenting the first ever Bath Children’s Literature Festival Poetry Slam, hosted by the super-talented Rebecca Tantony. We are very excited about seeing the young poets in our schools perform and giving them the chance to share their work with a big audience. BOOK REVIEWS Last year we had a fabulous selection of book reviews written by pupils and it was so successful we are doing it again! We are looking forward to finding out more about all the books featuring in this year’s festival and inspiring you to try a new author. Huge thanks to all our publisher friends for supporting this. Check them out: https:// bathfestivals.org.uk/childrens-literature/ DO YOU DARE TO WRITE? Get writing with new online platform, Dare to Write? Eight creative activities guide young writers to explore creative writing over the course of an hour, day, week or a lifetime. All you need to start is a notebook and pen! Look out for the free Dare to Write? notebooks throughout the Schools Programme at the festival and check out the activities at daretowrite.org Dare to Write? is produced by Paper Nations. For more information please visit the website: papernations.org http://papernations.org/ Get in touch with our Head of Creative Learning: hazel.plowman@bathfestivals.org. uk or 01225 614186.

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Acknowledgements and staff list BOARD OF TRUSTEES John Cullum DL Chair David Bates, Kevin Brown, James Drummond, Will Gregory, Celia Mead, Peter Medlock, Councillor Paul Myers, Chris Rogers, Denise Coughlan. David Taraskevics, Stephen Taylor. Richard Turner CMG OBE, Charles Brooke ARTISTIC DIRECTORS John and Gill McLay HEAD OF PROGRAMMING Judith Robinson CHIEF EXECUTIVE Ian Stockley HEAD OF MARKETING & DEVELOPMENT Eleanor Household FINANCIAL DIRECTOR Sarah Platt FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION Rebecca Wheeler HEAD OF PRODUCTION Kate Hall HEAD OF CREATIVE LEARNING Hazel Plowman PUBLICITY Vicki Cheadle FESTIVAL ADMINISTRATOR Elysia Collins MARKETING ASSISTANT Holly Stocker

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FESTIVAL ASSISTANTS Rosie Pankhurst Ellen Holder-Williams VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR Tamsin Mosse BOX OFFICE Gena Goldfield, Jasmine Barker, Pam Twohig, Tilley Sheridan, Bryony Rees-Warren and Dan Lewis-Jones BRAND AND FESTIVAL DESIGN SO Design WEBSITE Touchpoint Design Registered Charity No.801617 PHOTO & ILLUSTRATION CREDITS Cover Illustration – Lauren Child © 2018 Page 3 – Julian Clary © Steve Ullathorne Page 3 – Lauren Child © DC Imaging Page 3 - Philip Pullman © Michael Leckie Page 3 - Tom Fletcher © Dave Spearing Page 5 – Lauren Child © DC Imaging Page 11 – Ade Adepitan © IW Photographic Page 39 – Tom Fletcher © Dave Spearing Page 43 – Philip Pullman © Michael Leckie Page 45 – Marcus Sedgwick © Maureen Hansman Page 47 – The Gruffalo © Axel Scheffler Page 50 – Pamela Butchart © Chris Close Page 51 – Julian Clary & David Roberts © Steve Ullathorne Page 51 – Lucy Worsley © Daniel D. Moses Page 52 – David Almond © Donna Lisa Healy Page 60 – Cressida Cowell @ Julian Foxon Photography Page 66 – Red Chair Illustration © Lauren Child Page 67 – Map © Emily Fox


THANK YOU

We would like to thank all the publishers and partners for their continuing and valuable support in bringing fantastic authors and illustrators to events in Bath.

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How to book In person at Bath Box Office By telephone on 01225 463362 Online bathfestivals.org.uk/childrens-literature By post to Bath Box Office at the below address – cheques made payable to ‘Bath Box Office’. All bookings incur a transaction charge of £1, please include this in your payment. Please note postal bookings are dealt with alongside telephone and counter bookings. BATH BOX OFFICE Bath Visitor Information Centre Bridgwater House 2 Terrace Walk Bath BA1 1LN Email: bathboxoffice@bathtourism.co.uk BOX OFFICE OPENING HOURS Monday to Saturday 9.30am–5.30pm Closed Sunday & Bank Holidays WHEN TO BOOK Members 3 July General Booking Tuesday 10 July

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DELIVERY OPTIONS Postal delivery - tickets will be posted to you for a charge of £1 or free of charge if you include a stamped addressed envelope with your booking. Care of Box Office - tickets will be held for collection at Bath Box Office, or at the venue from one hour before the event. Print at Home/E-tickets - you will receive your tickets via email shortly after your booking. Not all delivery options are available for all events.

Please note that tickets purchased through partner venues or ticket agents may incur additional booking fees. GROUP BOOKINGS We offer one free seat for every ten purchased to the same event when booked at the same time. CHILD PROTECTION POLICY Children under 12 must be accompanied by a ticket buying adult at all festival events unless otherwise stated. Children under 2 who do not require a seat do not require a ticket, unless otherwise stated. Bath Festivals maintains a Child Protection Policy but we cannot act in loco parentis or take responsibility for wandering children.


MASTERCLASSES FOR CHILDREN You need only buy a ticket for each young person attending. Adults attend for free, should they wish to stay. If not, we ask parents/guardians to drop children off at the venue, sign them in, and leave a mobile contact number in case of emergencies. Please ensure that you are able to collect your young person(s) at the specified event end time. ACCESSIBILITY Bath Festivals is keen to promote equality of opportunity for people with disabilities and to take the necessary steps to meet their requirements. Our festival takes place in a range of venues across the city, please visit the Accessibility page on our website bathfestivals.org.uk/accessibility for more information. Please contact the Box Office if you require the following: Wheelchairs seats, a free Personal Assistant ticket, a British Sign Language interpreter. If you have any other requirements, please contact our Access Officer on access@bathfestivals.org.uk or 01225 614186.

OTHER BOOKING INFORMATION Please quote the event code when booking. Event times are approximate and doors open 15 minutes before each event. Tickets are non-refundable, but if an event sells out the Bath Box Office are happy to offer returned tickets for resale. A ÂŁ2 per ticket handling charge will apply on all resold tickets. Please note we cannot refund card transactions, postage or booking fees. Programmes and performers may be subject to change. All information in this programme was correct at the time of going to press. FILMING AND PHOTOGRAPHY Some events or shows may be filmed or photographed. Buying a ticket affirms your consent to the filming, sound recording or photographing of yourself as a member of the audience.

Please note wheelchair spaces and free carer tickets are not available to book online.

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Thank You

Our Patrons are playing a vital role in helping us develop our work with young people. We want to say a huge thank you to everyone below for their support: PARAGON PATRONS: Chris and Monique Bamford Lord Charles Brooke Marianna Clark The Coles-Medlock Foundation Andrew Downey James and Annette Drummond David and Karin Embleton Paul and Fiona Kane The Norie Charitable Trust The Peter Stormonth Darling Charitable Trust Trevor Osborne Mark Roper Ian Tarr Ian and Christa Taylor CIRCUS PATRONS: Ken and Vera Barnes John and Yvonne Cullum Jane Drabble and Bill Nemtin Van and Eva DuBose Andrew Fletcher Anne and Peter Gunning Elaine Marson The Mayden Foundation Bob and Jean Tyrrell CRESCENT PATRONS: Lucy Aspin Maurice Avent Anthony Avison and Fenella Barnard Bernadette Bailey Rupert and Carol Baines Fiona Bell Michael and Siobhan Bond Chris and Alison Born John and Sally Bowman Henry and Jane Brown John and Rosalie Challis Peter Clegg Rob and Deborah Clements Lloyd and Claire Cossins-Price Dermot and Janet Coughlan Marc Cuddihy Gitte and Stephen Dawson Sam and Fenella Dyson John and Liz Everitt Kenneth Fullalove and Christine Darwent Sir James Fuller Lady Elizabeth Gass DCVO Charles Grimsdale Barry and Yvonne Gilbertson

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Richard and Yasemin Hall Simon and Catriona Heale William and Wera Hobhouse Bernard and Clare Horn Paul and Claire Jackson Howard and Lyn Jacobs Simon and Antonia Johnson Conrad Jones Sandra Le Marchant Sheila McCormack Rod and Karin Morgan Ruth Moser The Orseis Trust Charlotte Pinder Nigel and Stephanie Pollard Bob and Diana Potter Chris and Denise Rogers Roger and Janet Rolls Andrew Rome and Shay Parsons Andrew Rutherford DL Thomas and Michelle Sheppard Chris and Jan Shepley Jim and Hiroko Sherwin Colin and Theresa Skellett Marcelle Speller Ian Stockley William and Wendy Jane Stockley Toby Talbot and Tanya Larsson Stephen and Clivette Taylor Richard and Maggie Turner Richard and Sue Wales Ian and Janet Wilson Brian Woodford Lucy Woodroffe Nicholas Wylde Our anonymous Patrons LIFE PATRONS: Lady Evelyn Strasburger June Price (Honorary)


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The Children's Literature Festival 2018  

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