Festival in Schools

Events with Authors 17th-20th October

As a charity, the Festival is committed to encouraging children to read and enjoy books. Good literacy and a love of books brings enormous benefits for life outcomes and well-being. Young people have lost so much of their education because of the pandemic and it has never been more important to help them bridge that literacy gap by introducing them to real live authors!

This year we are taking the following authors into schools:

Patrice Lawrence
Tuesday 13th and Wednesday 14th September (fully booked)
The author of the Waterstones' Award-winning Orangeboy brings us her latest book, The Elemental Detectives, her action-packed fantasy adventure. Step into a London lit up by the Elemental spirits: the fiery Dragons, the airy Fumis, the watery Chads and the earthbound Magogs. But humans have been causing chaos for centuries, trampling through the landscape trailing noise, mess and pollution. What if the Elements could slow down this new world... or stop it all together?

Matt Oldfield
Monday 17th October am and pm
KS2 - ideal for years 5, 6 and 7
Author of Unbelievable Football (winner of the 2020 Children’s Sports Book of the Year Award) and the Johnny Ball: Football Genius series. He is one half of the brothers behind the Ultimate Football Heroes and Classic Football Heroes books series for children aged 7-12. The fun, action-packed biographies tell the exciting life stories of the world’s greatest footballers, from Maradona through to Messi, from Beckham through to Kane. When not writing, he works with schools, charities and organisations (The National Literacy Trust, The National Football Museum, Beanstalk, Football Beyond Borders) to deliver literacy workshops aimed at football fans and reluctant readers.

Sophy Henn
Tuesday 18th October am and pm Wednesday 19th October am
KS1 for Lifesize series | KS2 - Year 5 and 6 for Pizazz series
Sophy Henn is an award-winning picture book author and illustrator. She is the creator of the much-loved Bad Nana, Pom Pom, Ted board book and Pizazz middlegrade series, and the nonfiction titles Lifesize and Lifesize Dinosaurs, among others. Her debut picture book Where Bear? was nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal and shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize. Sophy was the World Book Day Illustrator in 2015 and 2016.

Nikita Gill
Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th October - am and pm
Ideal for KS3 and 4
Nikita is a British-Indian poet, playwright, writer and illustrator. She has written and curated seven volumes of poetry including Your Soul Is A River, Your Heart is the Sea, Wild Embers Fierce Fairytales and Great Goddesses. She is the editor of the poetry anthology SLAM! and a novel in verse called The Girl and Goddess was published on National Poetry Day 2020. Her latest collection is called These Are The Words exploring all the things Nikita wished someone had told her when she was younger. She uses social media to engage her audience and she has over 650,000 followers on Instagram. She has been described as one of the most successful Instapoets.

Alex Wharton
Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th October - am and pm
Ideal for KS2
Alex Wharton is a writer and poet based on Wales, and the author of the poetry collection Daydreams and Jellybeans. Alex won the inaugural Rising Stars Wales Award in 2020 and visits schools and runs workshops in writing poetry.

If you would like to book an hour-long event with any of our authors, please email us here.

Books for Kids

The Festival is raising money to give as many children as possible a book of their own to have at home. One in 11 children in low income areas don't own a single book and we aim to put this right in our region. If you felt you could make a donation, however small, please donate below.
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