Events: Barnes Children’s Literature Festival 2018

One of the best ways of raising a reader is to get your child engaged with and excited about books.

What better way to grab their attention than to see the likes of Chris Haughton, Rob Biddulph and Lisa Stickley, some of our favourite author-illustrators, sharing their work?

These three will all be appearing at Barnes Children’s Literature Festival in south west London this coming weekend, the largest event of its kind in the capital city.

Now in its fourth year, the festival is a community-run event, dedicated to inspiring the next generation of readers, writers and illustrators.

Axel Scheffler signing books at Barnes Children's Literature Festival
Illustrator Axel Scheffler is one of the many top names on the bill this year

One of the highlights of this year’s packed programme is the dual legends of Judith Kerr and John Burningham sharing a stage to discuss their careers with Sunday Times children’s books editor Nicolette Jones. There is also a Tiger Who Came To Tea tea party to celebrate the book’s 50th birthday.

Alas, these hot tickets are sold out but you can still sign up for events with Benji Davies, Polly Dunbar, Emily Gravett and M.G. Leonard, among others.

There are also Matilda Musical Theatre workshops for 10-13 years olds, Mysteries and Mischief in Moominvalley for the little ones and the London stage premiere of Lauren Child’s Ruby Redfort.

Meanwhile, the Bookshop Marquee will be hosting a free programme of events showcasing new and upcoming authors throughout the weekend. Our picks to see are Lucy Reynolds and Jenna Herman, the team behind Parrots Don’t Live In The City, and Nick Jones, author of Sarah’s Shadow, which made our list of 100 books starring leading ladies earlier this year.

Barnes Children’s Literature Festival takes place on 11-13 May 2018. Find out more at barneskidslitfest.org

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