Free Programme

Welcome to Barnes Children’s Literature Festival 2017 Free Programme

Check out our amazing free programme of readings and activities in our Bookshop Marquee beside Barnes Pond.

Saturday 13 May 2017

10am Piers Clifton – Witchy Girl
Local author and screenwriter Piers will be reading from his new book – a magical comedy adventure. For Ages 8-12

11am Jake Attree & Matthew Callaby – Ig
Ig is a children’s book where healthy eating is at the heart of the story. Join Jake and Matt for a reading and learn to draw the characters. For Ages 3+

12pm M.C. Slack – The Ninja Who Was Afraid of the Dark
Babu’s ninja training is almost complete but he is struggling to master the dark. Join the author for a reading and an origami workshop! For Ages 5+

1pm Libby Greenhill – The Lost Bunny and the Worried Kitten
Join 8 year old author Libby for a reading from her book, written to raise money for the RSPCA. For Ages 5+

2pm Shweta Aggarwal – Dev & Ollie: Camel Caper
Join Dev and his magical bedtime owl, Ollie, on a camel-tastic and bumpy journey to learn about India’s most unique camel fair, including a camel beauty contest! Decorate your own camels on paper with sequins, felt and glitter with the best dressed camel winning a free copy of the book! For Ages 4+

3pm Jean-François Burford & Ian Heath – That Cat…
That Cat… is a book inspired by the author’s pet, Casper. See his adventures unfold as we discover what he gets up to and why he’s so tired all day! For Ages 3+

4pm Fiona Scott – Rats on Roller Skates
A whimsical tale about a gang of rats who want to be faster with hilarious results for the rest of the animal kingdom! Decorate some roller skates for your favourite gang member, plus a writing activity about what Willy the Worm does next. For Ages 3-7

11.00am to 1.00pm Cupcake Decorating at Alma Cafe

tilly_picGet creative at Alma Cafe on Rocks Lane with free cupcake decorating inspired by Ade Edmondson’s Tilly and the Time Machine THANKS to Puffin.

DON’T MISS performances by The Poetry Takeaway 12.00pm-4.00pm


Sunday 14 May 2017

10am Karen Inglis – Henry Haynes & the Great Escape
When Henry complains that his library book is boring he gets sucked inside and forced to help Brian, a bossy boa constrictor and Gordon, a VERY smelly gorilla with their zoo escape plan! Come and hear Karen read from Henry Haynes and choose a signed snake or gorilla picture to copy and then take home. For Ages 6-8

11am Trevor Young & Eleanor Long –  Galdo’s Gift
Mad-capped masked mayhem brings this innovative children’s ebook to life! Join the journey to Galdovia as the creators bring their animated illustrations and models to life with a riot of colourful masks, acting fun and the chance to create your own superhero! For Ages 7+

12pm Geri Livingston & Elisabeth Attwood –  Bugbears
Join Geri and Elisabeth for a magical storytime as four cuddly chums play amongst the flowers, birds, bees and butterflies – and discover that friendship is the most precious gift of all. For Ages 3+

1pm Amy, Andrew & Jeremy Wilson – Arnold & Friends
Join brothers Andrew and Jeremy Wilson for a tale from Barnes Pond. Try your hand at drawing Arnold, the hero of their book and take part in a fun ‘find Arnold’ game. For Ages 4+

2pm Connor Danilson – Angus the Golf Cow: What a Shot!
A fun golf themed craft and story session with the creators of Angus the Golf Cow, including a competition to design the ugliest sweater! For Ages 3+

3pm Charlotte Sebag-Montefiore – Who Am I?
Lovely animal riddles in verse followed by poetry activities. For Ages 5+

4pm Ross Harrington – The Eden Vortex / DC2 Adventures
When a traveller girl meets an orphan boy at school, a peculiar event sends them on separate journeys to a magical world. Join Ross on a thrilling adventure and enter the Create a Character competition! For Ages 8+

PLUS! Join Amanda for Amanda’s Action Club at 11.30am & 2.30pm

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WIN!! A family ticket to see Adventures in Wonderland at The Vaults in Waterloo is up for grabs! To find out more come to the Bookshop Marquee beside Barnes Pond.


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