Bath Children’s Literature Festival
It’s the Bath Children’s Literature Festival - 10 days, 120 events featuring the best authors, incredible illustrators, favourite characters and literary masterclasses
The 2017 Bath Children’s Literature Festival has launched its biggest ever programme of events, with major heavyweights from the world of children’s literature coming to the city from Friday, September 29 to Sunday, October 8. Headliners include the UK’S Number One Bestselling author Julia Donaldson, best known for The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom and Stick Man; Liz Pichon, the multi-talented author and illustrator behind the Tom Gates series; much loved author and illustrator of the How To Train Your Dragon books, Cressida Cowell; Bath-born superstar, Jacqueline Wilson, best known for her books and CBBC series Tracy Beaker and Hetty Feather; and last but by no means least - actor, comedian and all round national treasure, Miranda Hart! This year’s festival includes a plethora of authors, illustrators, comedy heroes, celebrities, radio stars and fantastic storytellers. Festival fans will also have the chance to see Michael Rosen, Francesca Simon, Chris Riddell, Eoin Colfer, Derek Landy, Harry Hill, Ade Edmonson, David Baddiel, Nadiya Hussain, Maggie Aderin-pocock, Ben Faulks, Christian O’connell, Greg James & Chris Smith and Gemma Cairney to name but a few of the highlights. Artistic directors and founders of the festival, John and Gill Mclay, have once again secured a world-class line-up to thrill young book lovers. Their mission is to fun and laughter first: it’s a chance for children, young people and adults to meet the creators of their literary heroes, see illustrations come to life and fuel their imaginations.
THIS YEAR’S HIGHLIGHTS:
Julia Donaldson, best known for The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom and Stick Man, will introduce The Ugly Five - the characters from her new picture book with Axel Scheffler.
Liz Pichon offers a jam-packed Tom Gates interactive event with reading, drawing, doodling plus a live performance from Tom’s favourite band Dude3.
Cressida Cowell will launch the first of a new series of books called The Wizards Of Once. Expect tales of wizards, warriors, giants and sprites!
Jacqueline Wilson takes her audience on a journey through her life in writing. Hear her talk about some of her best-loved characters including Tracy Beaker and Hetty Feather - both now successful CBBC TV series, and her newest book Wave Me Goodbye, set in the Second World War.
Miranda Hart will entertain and inspire with the launch of her first children’s book The Girl With The Lost Smile. Packed with humour and happiness, the book is a contemporary comedy with a magical twist, and one that celebrates the power of the imagination and the magic of true friendship.
The multi-talented former Children’s Laureate, Chris Riddell, will introduce his final book in the Goth Girl series; Goth Girl and the Sinister Symphony, along with live illustrations.
Great British Bake Off winner and Junior Bake Off judge, Nadiya Hussain, shares favourite recipes and stories from her new cookbook for families, Nadiya’s Bake Me a Festive Story.
One of Britain’s much loved actors, comedians and authors, Ade
Edmondson, will talk about his love of books and what inspired him to become a writer. He will take his audience back in time with his latest book Tilly and the Time Machine.
Space scientist, author and BBC Sky At Night presenter, Maggie Aderinpocock, takes her audience on a journey through the constellations with her new book Starfinder For Beginners. Perfect for budding astronomers!
The highly acclaimed comedian and TV presenter,
David Baddiel, talks about his brilliantly funny books The Parent Agency, The Person Controller and his most recent book, Animalcolm.
Well-known Horrid Henry