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

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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.


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

Harry Hill

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