This coming Saturday and Sunday sees a wonderful children’s literature festival “pop up” just behind Kings Cross in London. The Pop Up Festival is completely free and is all about celebrating books, stories and imagination for children, teenagers and families.
Authors and illustrators attending include Candy Gourlay, Nii Parkes, James Mayhew, Marcus Sedgwick, Laura Dockrill, Sarah McIntryre, Francesca Simon, Sita Brahmachari, Clara Vulliamy, Lynne Reid Banks, Nicky Singer, Sarwat Chadda, Rod Campbell, Alexander Gordon Smith, Caroline Bird as well as the Society for Storytelling and Barbar and the Moomins!
Having seen Candy Gourlay speak at the Federation of Children’s Book Groups annual conference, I personally would make a bee line for her contribution to the Pop Up Festival – an exuberant Filipino-style fiesta, complete with bamboo dancers, game shows and team quizzes, picture book performances and prizes, and a children’s brass band! It’s sure to be very exciting.
To see the full programme visit the festival’s website http://pop-up.org.uk/. Let me know if you go – I’m sure you’ll have a wonderful time.
If you’re near Manchester this coming weekend I’d like to point you to the illustration workshop being run on Saturday by Emma Reynolds as part of Manchester Children’s Book Festival. The same day as Emma you can see an old favourite of mine, Steve Cole (I love him as much now as I did then)
A week today the sun comes out on Moon Lane. Even if it ends up actually pouring with rain (the UK has indeed had a very wet past few weeks), I can guarantee (metaphorical) sunshine at the multi-award winning independent children’s book shop in South London, Tales on Moon Lane. There are six days of amazing events for everyone, from newborns to aspiring authors and illustrators. On Tuesday 3rd of July Cressida Cowell is speaking and I can whole heartedly recommend seeing her; she’s so full of energy and enthusiasm you and your kids cannot fail to be inspired by her. I know M would particularly like to see Liz Pichon on the final Saturday of the festival; M has recently romped through Pichon’s Tom Gates books and gives them the double thumbs up.
Ahh… so many wonderful people to go and see and so little time…
BUT M, J and I do have a couple of really wonderful book related events to look forward to: as part of the Lichfield Festival in July we’ll be seeing James Mayhew illustrate live to a full orchestral performance of Rimsky Korsakov’s Scheherazade (find out full details here) and later in that week we’ll be going to listen to former children’s Laureate, Michael Rosen (find out full details here). If you are going to these events let me know and we can say hi!
What other book related events are you hoping or dreaming about attending in the coming weeks with your kids?