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This year's Festival programme is lead by the multi-bestselling author Dame Jacqueline Wilson. Creator of Tracy Beaker, she will be presenting her latest book The Primrose Railway Children, a reimagining and updating of the much-loved story by Edith Nesbit.

Horrible Histories illustrator Martin Brown will be getting everyone drawing as he talks about Up in The Air, the latest in the hugely popular series. He’ll also share Nell and The Cave Bear, his latest book for younger children.

The Festival also welcomes the internationally best-selling and award-winning author and illustrator partnership MG Leonard and Sam Sedgman, the creators behind Beetle Boy. Their latest in the series Adventure on Trains has the spooky title Danger at Dead Man’s Pass, the thrilling fourth adventure in the prize-winning series as Harrison Beck investigates an ancient family curse.

The Devon illustrator, Katz Cowley, who created the pictures for the brilliantly successful The Wonky Donkey, will be introducing children aged from three upwards to The Fidgety Itch, The Bee’s Sneeze and Willbee the Bumblebee, and the author of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize winner Lunchtime, Rebecca Cobb, shares a new tale in her Aunt Amelia adventures.

Cornwall-based husband and wife team, Naomi and James Jones, will celebrate the joys of difference with their book The Perfect Fit.

All ages will be getting stuck into the already sold-out model making workshops creating characters including Shaun the Sheep from Nick Park’s hilarious Aardman Films under the careful guidance of one of the Bristol-based company’s leading model makers.




FREE Events in the Mini Marquee - Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th September

Join us on the Green for lots of Alice in Wonderland fun 10am-5pm Saturday 18th and 10am-2pm Sunday 19th

- Making your own photo ‘props’ (including Mad Hatter's hat, Cheshire Cat's smile, a crown for the Queen)
- Paint a tea cup
- Alice Croquet on the Green
- Garden games including quoits and dominoes
- Tom Gates' anniversary doodle wall
- Count the number of Cheshire Cats you can spot on the Green
- Children’s book trail with prize!




Find out all about the Festival Family Book Trail here
and you could win a hamper!