The Bath Children’s Literature Festival is the largest dedicated children’s literature festival in Europe. It always offers a vibrant array of talks and activities for children with a dedicated young adult programme.
Artistic directors, John and Gill McLay, have secured a world-class line up to thrill young book lovers. Putting fun and laughter first, the festival is a chance for children and young people to meet the creators of their literary heroes, see illustrations come to life and fuel their imaginations.
Bath Children’s Literature Festival 2018 takes place Friday 28th September – Sunday 7th October.
This Year The Old Theatre Royal is proud to host:
29th September 2018 at 11:00am – £6.50
Come along and meet Bath-favourite author Laura James and illustrator Emily Fox as they introduce you to Fabio – Flamingo Detective. Learn what it takes to be a detective and find out how to create your very own mystery that only Fabio could solve. With live drawing and more.
29th September 2018 at 1:00pm – £6.50
Laugh your socks off with the King of Comedy, Jeremy Strong, as he shares the giggles and fun from the latest story in the My Brother’s Famous Bottom series – My Brother’s Famous Bottom Makes a Splash! Inspiring, entertaining and just a little bit silly. . . don’t say we didn’t warn you!
29th September 2018 at 3:00pm – £7.00
Meet the rumbustious Danny Wallace and his budding side-kick, illustrator Jamie Littler, talking about the adventures of Hamish – a ten-year-old from a boringly ordinary town with a knack for saving the world. Become sworn into the PDF team, create illustrated characters and hear Danny read aloud from their latest adventure!
29th September 2018 at 4:30pm – £7.00
Love comics? You need this mega comic power-up with The Phoenix comic’s Neill Cameron, creator of Mega Robo Bros. Enjoy a futuristic adventure as he leads you through creating your own amazing characters and stories. Bring your imagination, gain some top comic-making tips and walk away with your very own comic strip!
30th September 2018 at 5:00pm – £7.00
Hear legend and proclaimed Godfather of YA Melvin Burgess in conversation with Festival Artistic Director John McLay as he joins us to discuss his new novel, The Lost Witch. Thrilling, adventurous and brave, his new contemporary fantasy is another amazing book from the author of Junk, Bloodsong and the Billy Elliot novelization.
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6th October 2018 at 11:00am – £7.00
Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow is the publishing sensation of moment – winning fans and awards across the globe. In this very special event, author Jessica Townsend talks about her book, the sequel and how her extraordinarily infectious and entertaining book came to be. Expect magic and mayhem. Get your questions ready!
6th October 2018 at 1:00pm – £7.00
Yo ho ho! Celebrate the hilarious voyages of the Jolley-Rogers, the most intrepid pirates of the Seven Seas with real life ex-pirate Jonny Duddle. He’ll introduce us to his new title The Pirate of Scurvy Sands by putting on a bonkers pirate performance with live drawing special readings! Shiver me timbers!
7th October 2018 at 11:00am – £7.00
From chasing the northern lights to living with Kazakh Eagle Hunters in Mongolia, author Abi Elphinstone will be talking about the real-life adventures behind her books. Sharing exciting and unusual objects linked to her characters from catapults to wolf fangs, she’ll show you how to leap into stories of your own.
7th October 2018 at 1:00pm – £7.00
Calling all Explorers! Full of adventure, survival and bravery, award-winning author Katherine Rundell’s latest book, The Explorer, is inspired by her expedition to the Amazon. Hear about her incredible travels, daring hobbies and how her childhood in Zimbabwe have influenced her writing.
7th October 2018 at 3:00pm – £7.00
TV and radio star, evolutionary biologist Ben Garrod looks at the best-known dinosaur species and uses the most modern and interesting science to reveal amazing new discoveries. Fun and informative, prepare to be entertained! For all the Jurassic Park fans out there who need to know the truth!