Lauren Child

UK Children's Laureate

 

The Lost Words

Seek Find Speak

 

Axel Scheffler

Good to have you back sir!

 

Steve Antony

Amazing!

 

Beyond the page

By Monica Charsley The world of witches and mermaids with Sibéal Pounder       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. Sibéal kicked off her talk by sharing her obsession with witches as a child. “I…

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20th May 2019

A stand up time with Michael Rosen

By Saskia Calliste From the Stone Age to the Lone Ranger       “1,2,3 smiling!” Before the show had even begun, eager parents and children were flooding into the packed out Book Marquee to grab a snap with legendary children’s author Michael Rosen. “1,2,3 smiling” he said to each new crowd of kids. As his microphone was already on,…

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17th May 2019

Illustration time with Axel Scheffler

By Kathleen Neighbours     Storytime with the illustrator of the Gruffalo. Axel Scheffler, illustrator of such favourites as Zog the dragon, the Ugly Five, and, of course, the Gruffalo, had a full house at the Barnes Children’s Literature Festival. He was introduced by Lily and Maggie from Barnes Primary, who shared fun facts and…

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17th May 2019

Get inspired with Libby Jackson

By Kathleen Neighbours Author of A Galaxy of Her Own says space isn’t just for the boys anymore!       Libby Jackson, head of the Human Exploration Programme at the UK Space Agency, has a special message for girls and boys everywhere: “You can do whatever you like!” She proved this in her talk on…

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17th May 2019

Reaching new heights with David Almond

Skellig author on his latest venture into graphic novels.        It has been 20 years since Skellig, and David Almond, esteemed author and proud ‘Tynesider’, still can’t believe how that magical story came to him. “I just posted my latest work to my agent and said I was going to take a break from…

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16th May 2019

The true story behind Cloud Boy

By Saskia Calliste Former prisoner of war, Olga Henderson accompanies Marcia Williams to the festival.      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! Cloud Boy is a beautifully told story based on the life of Olga…

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15th May 2019

Karen Inglis on Self-Publishing

By Kathleen Neighbours Top tips for budding authors     Karen Inglis is a best-selling Amazon author who decided to self-publish after receiving rejections early on in her writing career. She has now published five children’s titles on Amazon, as well as her book on self-publishing, How to Self-Publish and Market a Children’s Book. Here are her…

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15th May 2019

Laughing and learning with Christopher Lloyd

By Saskia Calliste We all wish Chris was our teacher.      15 objects in the 15 pockets of Chris’s magical, history-telling coat were all that he needed to capture the audience and power through the most important moments in history. From a bottle of Scottish water to a pair of knitting needles, Chris had everyone laughing and learning,…

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15th May 2019

Bigger is better for S F Said

By Lauren Billings The Smarties Award winning author of Varjak Paw, tells us how he achieved his dream of becoming a writer.     Dreams are something S F Said is fascinated by and uses a lot in his writing. Varjak Paw is a cat who has strange visions, and Phoenix is about a boy who finds great…

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15th May 2019

Awesome comes to Barnes

By Genevieve Ferris Matthew Syed on sports, studying and success.     The queue to Matthew Syed’s event stretches way across Barnes Green. There’s clearly a lot of people who want to hear what the author of bestselling book, ‘You Are Awesome’, has to say. A fact that seems surprising to the author himself.  …

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14th May 2019

How to write a great story

By Saskia Calliste Top tips from Caroline Lawrence.        Bestselling author of The Roman Mysteries and P K Pinkerton series, Caroline has mastered Greek mythology, Roman quests and more recently time travel; and now she’s sharing her secrets for writing great stories! After introducing her latest novel, The Time Travel Diaries, Caroline took her festival fans…

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14th May 2019

Chitra Soundar and the wonders of India

By Lauren Billings The author’s imaginative tales take us from London to India in the blink of an eye.       Chitra Soundar led us on an exciting journey of sound and colour through India. Her beautiful folktales Farmer Falgu Goes to the Market, Pattan’s Pumpkin, and You’re Safe With Me are packed with vivid, evocative descriptions and dialogue that…

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14th May 2019

It’s a full house with Emma Carroll

By Saskia Calliste From peanut butter, cucumber and marmite on toast  (yes, seriously) to codebreaking, we were off to a great start with Emma Carroll       A talk that opens with ‘Duran Duran’ and embarrassing childhood pictures of a bad 70’s haircut, is only going to go one way – absolutely hilariously. ‘The Letters from the…

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14th May 2019

Top marks for Robin Stevens

By Lauren Billings Murder Mystery aficionado, Robin Stevens, talks childhood, murder, and her brand new novel.       Robin Stevens, author of the wildly popular Murder Most Unladylike series, told Barnes Children’s Literature Festival how her unique childhood – moving from America aged five to live on-campus at an Oxford college with her parents – has…

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13th May 2019

Getting to the bottom of Petr Horáček!

By Lauren Billings The illustrator and author gives a cheeky insight into his brilliant books.     Charming storyteller and illustrator, Petr Horáček, introduced the fascinated children in his audience to his wonderful world of greedy goats, blue penguins, and colourful puffins. In a unique glimpse at Petr’s creative process, he showed the beautiful apple orchard where…

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13th May 2019

Magic and myth with Ross Welford

By Sabrina Sadr Time Travelling with a Hamster author Ross Welford urges aspiring young authors to keep trying.     Ross Welford developed an interest in magic and mythology as a child although his first foray into the world of writing was not in children’s literature. It was after having children of his own he decided to…

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13th May 2019

Lisa Thompson’s top writing tips

By Genevieve Ferris Advice from the hit children’s author on how to write that book.       Use Your Eyes And Ears “It isn’t just about writing. I was creating ideas, stories and inventing fictional worlds long before I became a novelist. Stories are all around us if you use your eyes and ears.…

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13th May 2019

Francesca Simon presents the final Horrid Henry book

By Sarah Robertson Horrid Henry author Francesca Simon has completed the final book in her series with Up Up and Away, she told Barnes Children’s Literature Festival organisers today.       Appearing at the festival to promote her latest work and discuss how she developed the bestselling Horrid Henry Series, she said she will now…

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13th May 2019

Runaway Success

By Genevieve Ferris Frank Cottrell-Boyce talks first days at school, false teeth and finding inspiration for his new book, ‘Runaway Robot’.        With his natural wit and easy story telling ability, Frank Cottrell-Boyce had the audience in the Barnes Marquee in stitches from the get-go as he introduced his new book, ‘Runaway Robot’.…

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12th May 2019

Lauren Child and the art of wasting time

By Lauren Billings Children’s Laureate, Lauren Child walks us through her creative process, and how we should all strive sometimes to just do nothing.       Looking particularly fabulous in her tailored black suit and red, glittering gloves, Lauren Child poses the question: “Do we ever think about nothing?” While today’s social pressures can…

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11th May 2019

Roald Dahl and the Wurble Gobblers

By Kathleen Neighbours Help protect the stories of Roald Dahl by defeating the word-eating Wurble Gobblers.   With an inspiring introduction by author Michael Morpurgo, followed by a lone ‘Thank you!’ from the audience, Roald Dahl and the Wurble Gobblers began with a bang. From the outset the quirky team from the Ancient Guild of Tale Tenders was…

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11th May 2019

Straight up fun with Jim Smith

By Saskia Calliste Jim Smith author of Barry Loser is coming to Barnes Festival to indulge us in non-stop laughter. Join the Roald Dahl Funny Prize winner for an afternoon of storytelling and a workshop on how to draw his iconic characters, it’s not to be missed! What’s the funniest book you’ve ever read? Probably…

There’s more than meets the eye with Steven Butler

By Saskia Calliste Steven Butler, author of ‘The Nothing to See Here Hotel’ series, weirdly and wonderfully illustrated by Steven Lenton, is coming to Barnes this year with his ragtag band of monsters in tow. Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, Steven is treating us to an afternoon of monstrously good fun that is…

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29th April 2019

Kicking things off with Tom Palmer…

By Saskia Calliste When it comes to all things football, one name comes to mind… Tom Palmer. From the Football Academy series to The Squad Series to Armistice Runner, Tom brings his love of football and reading back to Barnes Festival 2019 and we couldn’t be more excited! Which football team do you support? Leeds…

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26th April 2019

Inside Jeremy Strong’s naturally funny mind

By Saskia Calliste From the The-Hundred-Mile-An-Hour Dog to the My Brother’s Famous Bottom series, funny man Jeremy Strong has written over a hundred books! He will be bringing some of his first class hilarity to Barnes Festival 2019 and introducing his latest book Armadillo & Hare. And this is no ordinary hare of course. For…

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22nd April 2019

Sophy Henn on her love of animals

By Saskia Calliste There might not be anyone else on the planet who loves animals as much as Sophy Henn. Sophy is a friend to all things furry and she’s bringing some of that love to this year’s festival: thank you Sophy! A first class picture book maker; she’s the heart behind the highly acclaimed…

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18th April 2019

A quick catch up with Candy Gourlay…

By Saskia Calliste Candy Gourlay, the author of Bone Talk and Is it a Mermaid?, joins us for this year’s festival, hoorah! Candy, originally from the Philippines, is a dab hand at writing for different cultures and inviting the reader on a fascinating journey that grips and delights you. Candy is the BookTrust’s writer in…

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15th April 2019

Christopher Lloyd on Elton John, R2D2 and the difference between man and machine…

By Saskia Calliste From dinosaurs to robots to your standard 30 cm ruler, the man behind the best-selling Absolutely Everything Christopher Lloyd is one of many who will be delighting us at this year’s festival. Three cheers for Chris! Christopher Lloyd is the resident expert on, well, everything. His books include The What on Earth…

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8th April 2019

Travel back in time with Caroline Lawrence

By Saskia Calliste Who wouldn’t want to discover the untold story of how the remains of a 14-year-old girl ended up buried with an ivory knife in Roman London? Caroline Lawrence, an author who needs little introduction after her widely successful award winning The Roman Mysteries, is here to catapult you back in time with…

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8th April 2019

How to Create a Picture Book with Benji Davies

By Malin Hamilton Backer   How does an idea occur? And how can you get inspired to get an idea for a story? Benji Davies, an illustrator, author and animation director, gives us a quick rundown of his 4 top tips for creating a picture book and where he normally looks for inspiration for a…

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21st May 2018