Bath Children’s Literature Festival, Europe’s biggest live children’s book festival, is back this autumn with an action-packed programme over ten days featuring some big stars and kids’ favourites.

From Friday 24th September to Sunday 3rd October, the 2021 live festival focuses very much on getting young people involved, with more interactive events than ever taking place in venues across Bath.

Children reading books in the audience at Bath Children's Literature Festival

What’s on the programme at Bath Children’s Literature Festival 2021?

As ever, there’s a star-studded, diverse line-up of speakers coming to the festival this year. Here are just some of the highlights.

Chris Smith and Greg James (Saturday 25th September)

The always entertaining duo Chris Smith and Greg James, creators of Kid Normal, will be back with a new adventure – The Great Dream Robbery.

Cressida Cowell (Saturday 25th September)

Join Cressida Cowell, Waterstones Children’s Laureate and creator of How To Train Your Dragon and The Wizards of Once series, for a spellbinding talk on the magic of wizards and dragons.

Bath Rugby (Sunday 26th September)

Bath Rugby stars are hosting two events at this year’s festival, including a fact-filled sports based scrumtastic event, Rampaging Rugby – ideal for a rugby-loving city such as Bath!

Kristina Stephenson (Friday 30th September)

Kristina Stephenson, creator of Sir Charlie Stinky Socks and the most watched event of the digital Reading is Magic Festival last autumn, will be inviting her audience into The Museum of Marvellous Things with a bespoke theatre show at The Egg Theatre, Bath.

Joe Wicks (Saturday 2nd October)

The nation’s favourite PE teacher, the energetic Joe Wicks, will be bringing his bounce to Komedia, based on his new book The Burpee Bears.

David O’Doherty (Sunday 3rd October)

Award-winning comedian David O’Doherty is returning to the festival with a new novel, This Summer I Robbed a Bank. Expect anarchic humour, rib-tickling readings and audience participation. 

And that’s not all…

There’ll be draw-alongs with Liz Pichon, Rob Biddulph and Sophy Henn and workshops on comics and creative writing. There will be a family quiz, story time for pre-school children and a whole raft of thought-provoking events for secondary school students, including a musical history of modern black Britain with Jeffery Boakye and a visit from motivational speaker Stuart Lawrence, brother to Stephen Lawrence, the teenager killed in a racist attack.

Tickets for Bath Children’s Literature Festival go on general release on Friday 30th July. Members who sign up are able to get priority booking from Tuesday 27th July – do so now to make sure you get tickets for the events you most want to take part in.

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