A real page turner of a fes­ti­val!

Bath Chronicle - - OPINION -

No child could fail to be ex­cited by a fes­ti­val fea­tur­ing the Gruf­falo, Lit­tle Miss In­ven­tor, David Wal­liams and a for­mer mem­ber of Mcfly and Bath’s 12th Chil­dren’s Lit­er­a­ture Fes­ti­val had them all and more. The event which ran for 10 days from Septem­ber 28 to Oc­to­ber 7, opened with Chil­dren’s Lau­re­ate Lau­ren Child who de­signed the red chair il­lus­tra­tion and con­tin­ued with Philip Pull­man, Lucy Worlsey, Jessie Bur­ton and Harry Hill to name but a few. The UK’S best-sell­ing au­thor Wal­liams en­ter­tained with his quirky tales and one young­ster was lucky enough to scoop a com­plete set of his books. Hor­ri­ble His­to­ries cel­e­brated their 25th year with a spe­cial ap­pear­ance and Tom Fletcher from Mcfly came for the first time to share his sto­ries. Among other au­thors, young read­ers had the chance to en­joy were X-fac­tor host Der­mot O’leary, co­me­dian Ju­lian Clary, Olympic gold medal cy­clist Chris Hoy and Bake Off’s Nadiya Hus­sain.

Pic­ture: James Chea­dle

Maisy and friends take to the stage, much to the ex­cite­ment of one young­ster, in­set

Pic­ture: Jes­per Mat­tias

For­mer Mcfly star Tom Fletcher made his de­but ap­pear­ance

Pic­ture: James Chea­dle

Ade Ade­pitan dons shades with a young fan

Pic­ture: Jes­per Mat­tias

A young reader shakes hands with Andy Grif­fiths

Pic­ture: Jes­per Mat­tias

Andy Stan­ton signs a book for young fan

Pic­ture: Jes­per Mat­tias

Vashti Har­ri­son

Pic­ture: James Chea­dle

David Wal­liams presents one lucky girl with a set of his books with Ade Ade­pitan

Pic­tures: James Chea­dle

Cres­sida Cow­ell stops for an au­to­graph and a chat with young­sters

Pic­ture: Jes­per Mat­tias

Lucy Wors­ley with young queens on stage

Pic­tures: Jes­per Mat­tias

The Gruf­falo en­joys a rest, as does Chris Rid­dell, top right and right, Harry Hill on stage

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