The summer months are over and we’re into September, which can only mean one thing – the city is gearing up for this year’s Bath Children’s Literature Festival! Taking place from 28th September–7th October, venues across Bath will play host to some of the biggest names in children’s literature and TV for talks and signings, plus a range of workshops for aspiring writers and illustrators.
Opening this year’s ten-day festival is the Waterstones Children’s Laureate and author and illustrator of the much-loved Charlie and Lola series, Lauren Child. Exploring the magic of both writing and illustrating – Lauren has also designed this year’s Festival brochure cover – she’ll be talking about how sometimes staring into space can help get the creative juices flowing!
Since winning the Great British Bake Off in 2015, Nadiya has become a national treasure, sharing her love of baking and home cooking with the country through a number of books and TV shows. Hear her recipes for success as she comes to the Guildhall on 6th October.
From former lead singer and guitarist of McFly, to YouTube sensation, and now children’s author, don’t miss a musical, magical adventure with Tom Fletcher on 6th October. Promising to entertain the whole family, you’ll get to discover the world under your beds with The Creakers, and with it never being too early to get excited for Christmas, celebrate the festive season with The Christmasaurus!
Back by popular demand, Cressida Cowell will once again return to Bath this autumn. Author of international best-seller How to Train Your Dragon, and having launched The Wizards of Once at the Festival last year, she’ll be back to celebrate her new book, Twice Magic. Expect to hear her tips on becoming an author, some live drawing and of course plenty of dragon talk!
Terry Deary and Martin Brown
Heading to Bath to celebrate the 25th anniversary of filling children’s heads with foul facts and inspiring them with spectacular stories, Horrible Histories author Terry Deary and illustrator Martin Brown will be making a special appearance on 29th September. Book your tickets to hear all about the creation of the best-selling series, with perhaps some insight into Bath’s very own gruesome Gorgeous Georgians!
As if the above weren’t enough, keep an eye out for lots of other big names including David Walliams, Kate Humble, Anton du Beke, Dermot O’Leary, Julian Clary, Lucy Worsley, Harry Hill, Chris Hoy, Nadiya Hussain, Ade Adepitan, Robert Winston, Chris Riddell and Michael Morpurgo and many more!
Bath Children's Literature Festival will take place in venues across the city from 28th September–7th October. Get your tickets here.