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Axel Scheffler with children signing book

An Update from HQ on Covid-19

Dear Barnes Children’s Literature Festival family, We do hope you and your families and friends have been managing to stay safe and sane during these strange times. We’re raring to go ahead in June but we’re also watching the same news reports about the coronavirus crisis as you are, and with things…
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Remembering Judith Kerr

Everybody in Barnes was saddened by the passing of Judith Kerr on 22 May 2019. The children's literature legend fell ill a few days before her annual appearance at the Festival and died shortly after, just a couple of weeks before her 96th birthday.
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Beyond the page

Have you ever wondered what a cross between a witch and a mermaid would be like? Author Sibéal Pounder invited her festival audience to find out.
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The true story behind Cloud Boy

Master storyteller Marcia Williams, author and illustrator of Mr William Shakespeare’s Plays, Greek Myths for Young Children and Three Cheers for Woman and many many more, has written her first novel!
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