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PREVIEW WEEKEND – The Oratory Workshop: Word Wizards (Age 7+)£0

Use a variety of weird and wonderful items to help you create a new language!
Please note: This event is free but booking is required

Saturday September 30 - 10:00 am
Festival Hub

PREVIEW WEEKEND – The Oratory Workshop: We Need Ninjas (Age 7+)£0

Can you help us recruit a new ninja for a daring quest?
Please note: This event is free but booking is required

Saturday September 30 - 11:00 am
Festival Hub

PREVIEW WEEKEND – The Oratory Workshop: Sensory Stories (Age 7+)£0

Create some exciting stories using items that look, feel and smell extraordinary!
Please note: This event is free but requires booking.

Saturday September 30 - 12:00 pm
Festival Hub

PREVIEW WEEKEND – The Oratory Workshop: Word Wizards (Age 7+)£0

Use a variety of weird and wonderful items to help you create a new language!
Please note: This event is free but requires booking.

Saturday September 30 - 02:00 pm
Festival Hub

PREVIEW WEEKEND – The Oratory Workshop: We Need Ninjas (Age 7+)£0

Can you help us recruit a new ninja for a daring quest?
Please note: This event is free but requires booking.

Saturday September 30 - 03:00 pm
Festival Hub

PREVIEW WEEKEND – The Oratory Workshop: Sensory Stories (Age 7+)£0

Create some exciting wonderful stories using items that look, feel and smell extraordinary!
Please note: This event is free but requires booking.

Saturday September 30 - 04:00 pm
Festival Hub

Authorfy Creative Writing Workshop (Age: 6-8)£6

Authorfy’s interactive and inspiring workshops teach children new writing approaches via author videos, worksheets, games, activities and fun writing challenges. Join one of their workshops and go on an adventure with bestselling children’s author, Abi Elphinstone (via her Authorfy video) to learn how drawing maps, creating cloud planners and using an ‘Ideas Collector’ can help you write brilliant stories.
Parents do not need to buy a ticket but must stay within the Festival Hub during the event/s

Sunday October 01 - 10:00 am
Festival Hub

PREVIEW WEEKEND – Authorfy Creative Writing Workshop (Age 8-10)£6

Authorfy’s interactive and inspiring workshops teach children new writing approaches via author videos, worksheets, games, activities and fun writing challenges. Join one of their workshops and go on an adventure with bestselling children’s author, Abi Elphinstone (via her Authorfy video) to learn how drawing maps, creating cloud planners and using an ‘Ideas Collector’ can help you write brilliant stories.
Parents do not need to buy a ticket but must stay within the Festival Hub during the event/s

Sunday October 01 - 11:30 am
Festival Hub

PREVIEW WEEKEND – Authorfy Creative Writing Workshop (Age 10-12)£6

Authorfy’s interactive and inspiring workshops teach children new writing approaches via author videos, worksheets, games, activities and fun writing challenges. Join one of their workshops and go on an adventure with bestselling children’s author, Abi Elphinstone (via her Authorfy video) to learn how drawing maps, creating cloud planners and using an ‘Ideas Collector’ can help you write brilliant stories.
Parents do not need to buy a ticket but must stay within the Festival Hub during the event/s

Sunday October 01 - 01:00 pm
Festival Hub

PREVIEW WEEKEND – Authorfy Creative Writing Workshop (6-12 years)£6

Authorfy’s interactive and inspiring workshops teach children new writing approaches via author videos, worksheets, games, activities and fun writing challenges. Join one of their workshops and go on an adventure with bestselling children’s author, Abi Elphinstone (via her Authorfy video) to learn how drawing maps, creating cloud planners and using an ‘Ideas Collector’ can help you write brilliant stories.

Parents do not need to buy a ticket but must stay within the Festival Hub during the event/s

Sunday October 01 - 02:30 pm
Festival Hub

Steve Antony: Unplugged£6

Join the award-winning author and illustrator of The Queen’s Hat and Please Mr Panda for this fun-packed event with his brand new book Unplugged. Meet Blip, who spends all day plugged into the computer playing games, until one day there is a power cut! After going out the front door, she discovers playing games and having fun can happen outside too. Come along for this interactive storytelling event and feel how great it is to be unplugged!
Duration 45 mins | Age 3+

Friday October 06 - 09:30 am
Festival Hub

Pat-a-Cake Storytelling£6

Begin your baby’s love of books at this sensory story time event full of music, sing-a-long activities and interactive games with our professional storyteller.This unique event will help encourage the first stages of your baby’s development with the visually beautiful, bold and bright board books designed to stimulate the senses.

Please note: Tickets are required for all attending this session (Ordinarily, under 2s may attend events for free as ‘babes in arms’.)

Friday October 06 - 11:00 am
Festival Hub

Rob Biddulph: Sunk!£6

Join the award-winning author and illustrator Rob with his new book, Sunk! Our favourite Penguin is back and on a brand-new journey, sailing the seven seas with pirates, treasure and friendship. There will be live drawing and a chance for you to get creative as you learn to draw some of your favourite characters from this unexpected adventure.
Duration 45 mins | Age 3+

Friday October 06 - 12:30 pm
Festival Hub

Katie Blackburn: Dozy Bear and the Secret of Food£6

Make sure you’ve had your lunch before joining Dozy Bear on an adventure to help him find food or you may end up as hungry as him! Dozy doesn’t like the food that mama and papa bear do, so his grumbly tummy leads him into the woods where he ends up trying something new. Katie will lead you through this interactive event and will show you that trying new foods can be fun. You might even leave feeling hungry again!
Duration 45 mins | Age 3+

Friday October 06 - 02:30 pm
Festival Hub

Abie Longstaff: The Fairytale Hairdresser£6

Take a trip to a modern fairy tale world where the Big Bad Wolf runs the opticians and Red Riding Hood has a skateboard shop. Join Abie on a magical journey as she reads from her newest books The Fairytale Hairdresser & Aladdin and The Magic Potions Shop: The Emerald Dragon. You might even be able to practice your hairdressing skills too!
Duration 45 mins | Age 4+

Friday October 06 - 04:30 pm
Festival Hub

Michael Morpurgo: Greatest Magical Stories£10

 

WE’RE SORRY TO SAY THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED

Friday October 06 - 06:00 pm
Christ Church

Knife & Packer: Cartooning Workshop£8

Let your imagination run wild with expert storyteller and illustrator duo Knife & Packer (authors of the Badly Drawn Beth series) in this exciting drawing workshop. As they talk you through character development and give you practical tips, you will work together to draw characters from their stories and then get a chance to create your own too!
Duration 45 mins | Age 7+

THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT. PLEASE CALL THE BOX OFFICE IF YOU WISH TO JOIN THE WAITING LIST.

Saturday October 07 - 09:30 am
Festival Hub

Charlie & Lola Storytelling£8

Join storyteller and festival favourite Devon Black to celebrate the newest Charlie and Lola book in Lauren Child’s series: A Dog with Nice Ears. Learn about dogs of every shape, size and colour in this interactive event, full of games and storytelling fun for you to join in with.
Duration 45 mins | Age 3+

Saturday October 07 - 09:30 am
Kenton Theatre

Suzanne Barton: The Butterfly Dance craft workshop£6

Get crafty with author and illustrator Suzanne and her stunning picture book which explores the celebration of friendship and being happy with who you are. She will show you how she creates her beautiful illustrations using collage and painting as well as some hands-on arty fun, giving you the chance to make your own butterfly creations.
Duration 45 mins | Age 4+

Saturday October 07 - 11:00 am
Festival Hub

Mike Barfield: Destroy this Book in the Name of Science!£6

Join cartoonist, entertainer and science-enthusiast Mike for a fun-packed event based on his DIY science
activity book. From the Big Bang to black holes, take a high-speed journey through the history of science with masks, models, mayhem and more!
Duration 45 mins | Age 7+

Saturday October 07 - 11:00 am
Town Hall

Rainbow Magic Storytelling£8

Who is your favourite fairy? Rainbow, Jewel or Petal? Get your wings out and come dressed as a fairy for story-telling, songs and lots of activities with the fairy queen.The multi-million- selling Rainbow Magic has helped children around the world become independent readers.
Duration 45 mins | Age 6+

Saturday October 07 - 01:00 pm
Town Hall

Alice Tait: No, Nancy, No!£6

Create your own landmarks with Alice, whose charming Londoninspired artwork is instantly recognisable from her bestselling stationery and accessories range. Come on an interactive adventure with Nancy and her despairing dog in the actionpacked event around London’s leading landmarks. Not only will you hear the story of this mischievous little girl but you will get the chance to make your own London landmark!
Duration 45 mins | Age 4+

Saturday October 07 - 01:00 pm
Festival Hub

Benji Davies: The Grotlyn£6

Enjoy a feast of adventurous activities featuring mysterious creatures with Benji, the illustrator behind our amazing programme cover. Benji won the Oscar’s First Book Prize for The Storm Whale and now joins us with his brand new picture book The Grotlyn, a rhyming tale about things that go bump in the night…
Duration 45 mins | Age 5+
(NB the recommended age is incorrectly listed in the printed programme – this event is for children 5+)

Saturday October 07 - 03:00 pm
Festival Hub

Steven Camden: Creative Writing Workshop£6

Get creative with words by being brave and dreaming big with poet and novelist Steven – aka Polarbear, one of the top spoken word artists on the circuit today. Join him for an exciting event where he will share his infectious enthusiasm for stories, talk about how he uses memories to bring characters to life and he might even give a performance too. An inspiring session for budding writers.
Duration 45 mins | Age 12+

Saturday October 07 - 05:00 pm
Festival Hub

Alison Steadman: Spider!£10

Join national treasure Alison at this very special event with her debut children’s book, Spider! Meet Rafael, who hates spiders… until he really gets to know one! Find out from one of our best loved actors how he makes a new hairy, eight-legged friend. Bring your placards and protest for spiders at this hilarious, action-packed event!
Duration 45 mins | Age 4+

Includes a copy of Spider! RRP £6.99

Saturday October 07 - 05:00 pm
Kenton Theatre

Harriet Whitehorn: Violet And The Mummy Mystery£8

Calling all budding detectives! Get ready to help child sleuth Violet solve the case of the missing mummy in this lively workshop event with author Harriet. After the precious mummy is stolen from the British Museum, it’s up to Violet and her gang to save the day, but can they do it? Join in with Violet’s adventure and you’ll get the chance to create your own mystery story too.
Duration 45 mins | Age 6+

UNFORTUNATELY THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. PLEASE CALL THE BOX OFFICE IF YOU WISH TO JOIN THE WAITING LIST.

Sunday October 08 - 09:30 am
Town Hall

The Tiger Who Came to Tea Storytelling£8

Join storyteller extraordinaire Liz Fost for Judith Kerr’s timeless tale of a surprising and hungry visitor.The classic picture book will be brought to life with a very lifelike tiger at the door! And let your imagination run wild with crafts and mask making.
Duration 45 mins | Age 3+

THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT. PLEASE CALL THE BOX OFFICE IF YOU WISH TO JOIN THE WAITING LIST.

Sunday October 08 - 09:30 am
Town Hall

Priti Paul: ABC Desi£6

WE’RE SORRY TO SAY THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED

Sunday October 08 - 09:30 am
Festival Hub

Olaf Falafel: Old McDonald Heard a Parp£6

Join illustrator (and Sweden’s eighth funniest comedian) Olaf for an interactive session with drawing, colouring and parping! Old MacDonald’s Farm is a noisy place in an unexpected way – where is all that noise coming from?! Find out by helping Olaf bring the farm to life and discover more about his noisy characters.
Duration 45 mins | Age 3+

Sunday October 08 - 11:00 am
Festival Hub

Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre: Pug-a-Doodle-Doo£6

Get your pens out and learn how to draw your favourite pug! You can give your canine creation combat skills, super powers or anything you like at this hilarious event with writerand illustrator double act, Railhead writer Philip and Booktrust’s Writer and Artist in Residence, Sarah McIntyre. Full of a whole host of drawing and creative writing adventures, this event is sure to leave you pug-a-doodle-dooing!
Duration 45 mins | Age 6+

Sunday October 08 - 11:00 am
Town Hall

Nicola Davies: Lots£6

WE’RE SORRY TO SAY THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED

Sunday October 08 - 01:00 pm
Town Hall

Aliens (and Friends) Love Underpants£8

What do aliens, monsters, dinosaurs and pirates all have in common? They all LOVE underpants – and after this event, so will you! Celebrate ten pants-tastic years of the best-selling series by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort in this special event with top storyteller Liz Fost. A lively event with fun for all the family. Look out for a ‘monstrous’ guest appearance too…
Duration 45 mins | Age 3+

Sunday October 08 - 01:00 pm
Festival Hub

Greg James and Chris Smith: Kid Normal£6

Calling all heroes, villains and Super Zeroes! Join Radio presenters and debut authors, Greg and Chris for an action-packed Kid Normal event. Prepare for lots of games, audience participation and help to defeat the evil Nektar! Superpowers NOT required!
Duration 45 mins | Age 8+

Sunday October 08 - 01:00 pm
Phyllis Court

Clare- Balding : The Racehorse Who Disappeared£15

Join author and broadcaster Clare as we dive into another brilliant adventure with her hilarious family of humans and animals in The Racehorse Who Disappeared – the follow up to her bestselling children’s debut, The Racehorse Who Wouldn’t Gallop, two aspirational stories about overcoming adversity and following your dreams, subjects close to Clare’s heart. She’ll also share inspirational stories from Olympians and Paralympians she has met during her remarkable career. Truly an event for all the family – be sure to bring your own horsey questions!
Duration 60 mins | Age 7+ The Racehorse Who Disappeared RRP £10.99

Sunday October 08 - 03:00 pm
Phyllis Court

Jason Wallace: Encounters£6

Learn about writing stories based on true events with Jason, winner of the Costa Children’s Book Award for a creative writing workshop. He will talk about how his latest novel Encounters developed from real life accounts of a mysterious incident in Zimbabwe, reveal his personal connections to the story and show the power of fact based fiction using a series of activities, games and writing challenges.
Duration 45 mins | Age 12+

Sunday October 08 - 03:00 pm
Festival Hub

Katherine Rundell: The Explorer£6

Join magical storyteller and tightrope walker Katherine – “Absolutely the best writer around” according to our Patron, Daniel Hahn – as she appears in conversation with Amanda Jennings to discuss her latest novel The Explorer, a story of adventure, survival and bravery, inspired by her expedition to the Amazon rainforest. Hear Katherine talk about the books that influence and inspire her, and get the chance to ask your own questions too.
Duration 45 mins | Age 10+

UNFORTUNATELY THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. PLEASE CALL THE BOX OFFICE (01491 575948) IF YOU WISH TO JOIN THE WAITING LIST.

Sunday October 08 - 05:00 pm
Town Hall

Danny Baker & Pippa Curnick: Lucie Goose£8

Come on an adventure with broadcaster Danny Baker and his first picture book, Lucie Goose, a story about a friendly goose who lives alone in a house at the edge of a woods. This interactive event is full of laughter and live drawing as Lucie Goose gets a lot of unusual visitors – from bears to wolves and even a lion – but will they ever join her for tea?
Duration 45 mins | Age 3+

Lucie Goose RRP £6.99

Sunday October 08 - 05:00 pm
Festival Hub

Dermot O’Leary & Nick East£10

A puuuurfect event with Dermot O’Leary. Join one of the UK’s best loved broadcasters, X Factor and BBC Radio 2 presenter, Dermot O’Leary to hear all about his first book for children, Toto the Ninja Cat and the Great Snake Escape. It’s a funny animal escapade purrfect for fans of The Secret Life of Pets and 101 Dalmatians and a must-read for all 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. Featuring a reading from Dermot and live illustrations from the book’s illustrator, Nick East, come armed with your paw-esome cat jokes to tell Dermot in the Q&A at the end or in the book signing

Duration 45 mins | Age 7+
Includes a copy of Toto the Ninja Cat and the Great Snake Escape: RRP £6.99

Sunday October 08 - 05:00 pm
Phyllis Court

Michael Morpurgo: Greatest Magical Stories£10

 

WE’RE SORRY TO SAY THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED

Friday October 06 - 10/06/2017 06:00 pm
Christ Church

PREVIEW WEEKEND – The Oratory Workshop: Sensory Stories (Age 7+)£0

Create some exciting wonderful stories using items that look, feel and smell extraordinary!
Please note: This event is free but requires booking.

Saturday September 30 - 09/30/2017 04:00 pm
Festival Hub

Knife & Packer: Cartooning Workshop£8

Let your imagination run wild with expert storyteller and illustrator duo Knife & Packer (authors of the Badly Drawn Beth series) in this exciting drawing workshop. As they talk you through character development and give you practical tips, you will work together to draw characters from their stories and then get a chance to create your own too!
Duration 45 mins | Age 7+

THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT. PLEASE CALL THE BOX OFFICE IF YOU WISH TO JOIN THE WAITING LIST.

Saturday October 07 - 10/07/2017 09:30 am
Festival Hub

Suzanne Barton: The Butterfly Dance craft workshop£6

Get crafty with author and illustrator Suzanne and her stunning picture book which explores the celebration of friendship and being happy with who you are. She will show you how she creates her beautiful illustrations using collage and painting as well as some hands-on arty fun, giving you the chance to make your own butterfly creations.
Duration 45 mins | Age 4+

Saturday October 07 - 10/07/2017 11:00 am
Festival Hub

Steve Antony: Unplugged£6

Join the award-winning author and illustrator of The Queen’s Hat and Please Mr Panda for this fun-packed event with his brand new book Unplugged. Meet Blip, who spends all day plugged into the computer playing games, until one day there is a power cut! After going out the front door, she discovers playing games and having fun can happen outside too. Come along for this interactive storytelling event and feel how great it is to be unplugged!
Duration 45 mins | Age 3+

Friday October 06 - 10/06/2017 09:30 am
Festival Hub

Pat-a-Cake Storytelling£6

Begin your baby’s love of books at this sensory story time event full of music, sing-a-long activities and interactive games with our professional storyteller.This unique event will help encourage the first stages of your baby’s development with the visually beautiful, bold and bright board books designed to stimulate the senses.

Please note: Tickets are required for all attending this session (Ordinarily, under 2s may attend events for free as ‘babes in arms’.)

Friday October 06 - 10/06/2017 11:00 am
Festival Hub

Priti Paul: ABC Desi£6

WE’RE SORRY TO SAY THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED

Sunday October 08 - 10/08/2017 09:30 am
Festival Hub

Benji Davies: The Grotlyn£6

Enjoy a feast of adventurous activities featuring mysterious creatures with Benji, the illustrator behind our amazing programme cover. Benji won the Oscar’s First Book Prize for The Storm Whale and now joins us with his brand new picture book The Grotlyn, a rhyming tale about things that go bump in the night…
Duration 45 mins | Age 5+
(NB the recommended age is incorrectly listed in the printed programme – this event is for children 5+)

Saturday October 07 - 10/07/2017 03:00 pm
Festival Hub

PREVIEW WEEKEND – Authorfy Creative Writing Workshop (Age 10-12)£6

Authorfy’s interactive and inspiring workshops teach children new writing approaches via author videos, worksheets, games, activities and fun writing challenges. Join one of their workshops and go on an adventure with bestselling children’s author, Abi Elphinstone (via her Authorfy video) to learn how drawing maps, creating cloud planners and using an ‘Ideas Collector’ can help you write brilliant stories.
Parents do not need to buy a ticket but must stay within the Festival Hub during the event/s

Sunday October 01 - 10/01/2017 01:00 pm
Festival Hub

Katie Blackburn: Dozy Bear and the Secret of Food£6

Make sure you’ve had your lunch before joining Dozy Bear on an adventure to help him find food or you may end up as hungry as him! Dozy doesn’t like the food that mama and papa bear do, so his grumbly tummy leads him into the woods where he ends up trying something new. Katie will lead you through this interactive event and will show you that trying new foods can be fun. You might even leave feeling hungry again!
Duration 45 mins | Age 3+

Friday October 06 - 10/06/2017 02:30 pm
Festival Hub

Aliens (and Friends) Love Underpants£8

What do aliens, monsters, dinosaurs and pirates all have in common? They all LOVE underpants – and after this event, so will you! Celebrate ten pants-tastic years of the best-selling series by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort in this special event with top storyteller Liz Fost. A lively event with fun for all the family. Look out for a ‘monstrous’ guest appearance too…
Duration 45 mins | Age 3+

Sunday October 08 - 10/08/2017 01:00 pm
Festival Hub

PREVIEW WEEKEND – Authorfy Creative Writing Workshop (6-12 years)£6

Authorfy’s interactive and inspiring workshops teach children new writing approaches via author videos, worksheets, games, activities and fun writing challenges. Join one of their workshops and go on an adventure with bestselling children’s author, Abi Elphinstone (via her Authorfy video) to learn how drawing maps, creating cloud planners and using an ‘Ideas Collector’ can help you write brilliant stories.

Parents do not need to buy a ticket but must stay within the Festival Hub during the event/s

Sunday October 01 - 10/01/2017 02:30 pm
Festival Hub

Jason Wallace: Encounters£6

Learn about writing stories based on true events with Jason, winner of the Costa Children’s Book Award for a creative writing workshop. He will talk about how his latest novel Encounters developed from real life accounts of a mysterious incident in Zimbabwe, reveal his personal connections to the story and show the power of fact based fiction using a series of activities, games and writing challenges.
Duration 45 mins | Age 12+

Sunday October 08 - 10/08/2017 03:00 pm
Festival Hub

Danny Baker & Pippa Curnick: Lucie Goose£8

Come on an adventure with broadcaster Danny Baker and his first picture book, Lucie Goose, a story about a friendly goose who lives alone in a house at the edge of a woods. This interactive event is full of laughter and live drawing as Lucie Goose gets a lot of unusual visitors – from bears to wolves and even a lion – but will they ever join her for tea?
Duration 45 mins | Age 3+

Lucie Goose RRP £6.99

Sunday October 08 - 10/08/2017 05:00 pm
Festival Hub

Authorfy Creative Writing Workshop (Age: 6-8)£6

Authorfy’s interactive and inspiring workshops teach children new writing approaches via author videos, worksheets, games, activities and fun writing challenges. Join one of their workshops and go on an adventure with bestselling children’s author, Abi Elphinstone (via her Authorfy video) to learn how drawing maps, creating cloud planners and using an ‘Ideas Collector’ can help you write brilliant stories.
Parents do not need to buy a ticket but must stay within the Festival Hub during the event/s

Sunday October 01 - 10/01/2017 10:00 am
Festival Hub

Olaf Falafel: Old McDonald Heard a Parp£6

Join illustrator (and Sweden’s eighth funniest comedian) Olaf for an interactive session with drawing, colouring and parping! Old MacDonald’s Farm is a noisy place in an unexpected way – where is all that noise coming from?! Find out by helping Olaf bring the farm to life and discover more about his noisy characters.
Duration 45 mins | Age 3+

Sunday October 08 - 10/08/2017 11:00 am
Festival Hub

Steven Camden: Creative Writing Workshop£6

Get creative with words by being brave and dreaming big with poet and novelist Steven – aka Polarbear, one of the top spoken word artists on the circuit today. Join him for an exciting event where he will share his infectious enthusiasm for stories, talk about how he uses memories to bring characters to life and he might even give a performance too. An inspiring session for budding writers.
Duration 45 mins | Age 12+

Saturday October 07 - 10/07/2017 05:00 pm
Festival Hub

Alice Tait: No, Nancy, No!£6

Create your own landmarks with Alice, whose charming Londoninspired artwork is instantly recognisable from her bestselling stationery and accessories range. Come on an interactive adventure with Nancy and her despairing dog in the actionpacked event around London’s leading landmarks. Not only will you hear the story of this mischievous little girl but you will get the chance to make your own London landmark!
Duration 45 mins | Age 4+

Saturday October 07 - 10/07/2017 01:00 pm
Festival Hub

Abie Longstaff: The Fairytale Hairdresser£6

Take a trip to a modern fairy tale world where the Big Bad Wolf runs the opticians and Red Riding Hood has a skateboard shop. Join Abie on a magical journey as she reads from her newest books The Fairytale Hairdresser & Aladdin and The Magic Potions Shop: The Emerald Dragon. You might even be able to practice your hairdressing skills too!
Duration 45 mins | Age 4+

Friday October 06 - 10/06/2017 04:30 pm
Festival Hub

PREVIEW WEEKEND – Authorfy Creative Writing Workshop (Age 8-10)£6

Authorfy’s interactive and inspiring workshops teach children new writing approaches via author videos, worksheets, games, activities and fun writing challenges. Join one of their workshops and go on an adventure with bestselling children’s author, Abi Elphinstone (via her Authorfy video) to learn how drawing maps, creating cloud planners and using an ‘Ideas Collector’ can help you write brilliant stories.
Parents do not need to buy a ticket but must stay within the Festival Hub during the event/s

Sunday October 01 - 10/01/2017 11:30 am
Festival Hub

Rob Biddulph: Sunk!£6

Join the award-winning author and illustrator Rob with his new book, Sunk! Our favourite Penguin is back and on a brand-new journey, sailing the seven seas with pirates, treasure and friendship. There will be live drawing and a chance for you to get creative as you learn to draw some of your favourite characters from this unexpected adventure.
Duration 45 mins | Age 3+

Friday October 06 - 10/06/2017 12:30 pm
Festival Hub

PREVIEW WEEKEND – The Oratory Workshop: We Need Ninjas (Age 7+)£0

Can you help us recruit a new ninja for a daring quest?
Please note: This event is free but requires booking.

Saturday September 30 - 09/30/2017 03:00 pm
Festival Hub

PREVIEW WEEKEND – The Oratory Workshop: Word Wizards (Age 7+)£0

Use a variety of weird and wonderful items to help you create a new language!
Please note: This event is free but requires booking.

Saturday September 30 - 09/30/2017 02:00 pm
Festival Hub

PREVIEW WEEKEND – The Oratory Workshop: Sensory Stories (Age 7+)£0

Create some exciting stories using items that look, feel and smell extraordinary!
Please note: This event is free but requires booking.

Saturday September 30 - 09/30/2017 12:00 pm
Festival Hub

PREVIEW WEEKEND – The Oratory Workshop: Word Wizards (Age 7+)£0

Use a variety of weird and wonderful items to help you create a new language!
Please note: This event is free but booking is required

Saturday September 30 - 09/30/2017 10:00 am
Festival Hub

PREVIEW WEEKEND – The Oratory Workshop: We Need Ninjas (Age 7+)£0

Can you help us recruit a new ninja for a daring quest?
Please note: This event is free but booking is required

Saturday September 30 - 09/30/2017 11:00 am
Festival Hub

Charlie & Lola Storytelling£8

Join storyteller and festival favourite Devon Black to celebrate the newest Charlie and Lola book in Lauren Child’s series: A Dog with Nice Ears. Learn about dogs of every shape, size and colour in this interactive event, full of games and storytelling fun for you to join in with.
Duration 45 mins | Age 3+

Saturday October 07 - 10/07/2017 09:30 am
Kenton Theatre

Alison Steadman: Spider!£10

Join national treasure Alison at this very special event with her debut children’s book, Spider! Meet Rafael, who hates spiders… until he really gets to know one! Find out from one of our best loved actors how he makes a new hairy, eight-legged friend. Bring your placards and protest for spiders at this hilarious, action-packed event!
Duration 45 mins | Age 4+

Includes a copy of Spider! RRP £6.99

Saturday October 07 - 10/07/2017 05:00 pm
Kenton Theatre

Clare- Balding : The Racehorse Who Disappeared£15

Join author and broadcaster Clare as we dive into another brilliant adventure with her hilarious family of humans and animals in The Racehorse Who Disappeared – the follow up to her bestselling children’s debut, The Racehorse Who Wouldn’t Gallop, two aspirational stories about overcoming adversity and following your dreams, subjects close to Clare’s heart. She’ll also share inspirational stories from Olympians and Paralympians she has met during her remarkable career. Truly an event for all the family – be sure to bring your own horsey questions!
Duration 60 mins | Age 7+ The Racehorse Who Disappeared RRP £10.99

Sunday October 08 - 10/08/2017 03:00 pm
Phyllis Court

Greg James and Chris Smith: Kid Normal£6

Calling all heroes, villains and Super Zeroes! Join Radio presenters and debut authors, Greg and Chris for an action-packed Kid Normal event. Prepare for lots of games, audience participation and help to defeat the evil Nektar! Superpowers NOT required!
Duration 45 mins | Age 8+

Sunday October 08 - 10/08/2017 01:00 pm
Phyllis Court

Dermot O’Leary & Nick East£10

A puuuurfect event with Dermot O’Leary. Join one of the UK’s best loved broadcasters, X Factor and BBC Radio 2 presenter, Dermot O’Leary to hear all about his first book for children, Toto the Ninja Cat and the Great Snake Escape. It’s a funny animal escapade purrfect for fans of The Secret Life of Pets and 101 Dalmatians and a must-read for all 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. Featuring a reading from Dermot and live illustrations from the book’s illustrator, Nick East, come armed with your paw-esome cat jokes to tell Dermot in the Q&A at the end or in the book signing

Duration 45 mins | Age 7+
Includes a copy of Toto the Ninja Cat and the Great Snake Escape: RRP £6.99

Sunday October 08 - 10/08/2017 05:00 pm
Phyllis Court

Harriet Whitehorn: Violet And The Mummy Mystery£8

Calling all budding detectives! Get ready to help child sleuth Violet solve the case of the missing mummy in this lively workshop event with author Harriet. After the precious mummy is stolen from the British Museum, it’s up to Violet and her gang to save the day, but can they do it? Join in with Violet’s adventure and you’ll get the chance to create your own mystery story too.
Duration 45 mins | Age 6+

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Sunday October 08 - 10/08/2017 09:30 am
Town Hall

Nicola Davies: Lots£6

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Sunday October 08 - 10/08/2017 01:00 pm
Town Hall

The Tiger Who Came to Tea Storytelling£8

Join storyteller extraordinaire Liz Fost for Judith Kerr’s timeless tale of a surprising and hungry visitor.The classic picture book will be brought to life with a very lifelike tiger at the door! And let your imagination run wild with crafts and mask making.
Duration 45 mins | Age 3+

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Sunday October 08 - 10/08/2017 09:30 am
Town Hall

Katherine Rundell: The Explorer£6

Join magical storyteller and tightrope walker Katherine – “Absolutely the best writer around” according to our Patron, Daniel Hahn – as she appears in conversation with Amanda Jennings to discuss her latest novel The Explorer, a story of adventure, survival and bravery, inspired by her expedition to the Amazon rainforest. Hear Katherine talk about the books that influence and inspire her, and get the chance to ask your own questions too.
Duration 45 mins | Age 10+

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Sunday October 08 - 10/08/2017 05:00 pm
Town Hall

Rainbow Magic Storytelling£8

Who is your favourite fairy? Rainbow, Jewel or Petal? Get your wings out and come dressed as a fairy for story-telling, songs and lots of activities with the fairy queen.The multi-million- selling Rainbow Magic has helped children around the world become independent readers.
Duration 45 mins | Age 6+

Saturday October 07 - 10/07/2017 01:00 pm
Town Hall

Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre: Pug-a-Doodle-Doo£6

Get your pens out and learn how to draw your favourite pug! You can give your canine creation combat skills, super powers or anything you like at this hilarious event with writerand illustrator double act, Railhead writer Philip and Booktrust’s Writer and Artist in Residence, Sarah McIntyre. Full of a whole host of drawing and creative writing adventures, this event is sure to leave you pug-a-doodle-dooing!
Duration 45 mins | Age 6+

Sunday October 08 - 10/08/2017 11:00 am
Town Hall

Mike Barfield: Destroy this Book in the Name of Science!£6

Join cartoonist, entertainer and science-enthusiast Mike for a fun-packed event based on his DIY science
activity book. From the Big Bang to black holes, take a high-speed journey through the history of science with masks, models, mayhem and more!
Duration 45 mins | Age 7+

Saturday October 07 - 10/07/2017 11:00 am
Town Hall