Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Children’s Book Festivals

There are two fantastic and very different book children’s book festivals on this weekend.

Families in London should definitely make a beeline for the first ever Pop Up Festival of Stories. The array of activities for both Saturday and Sunday is amazing, with story-telling, workshops, poetry sessions, film, puppetry, magic and more. There will even be surgeries by Book Doctor Julia Eccleshare. The line-up of children’s authors, illustrators and poets who are appearing is stunning. Michael Rosen, Philip Ardagh, Geraldine McCaughrean and Axel Scheffler are just a few of the famous names on the bill. Children’s and young people’s voices are well represented too. Pop Up is not only a Festival. Throughout last month and this one, thousands of children, young people and families in Camden and Islington have been reading books, meeting authors and making stories. You can find out more here.

The other festival is extremely unusual, in that it is entirely online. Saturday and Sunday see the children’s authors behind An Awfully Big Blog Adventure celebrating its third birthday with their first online literary festival: ABBA Lit Fest. Authors will pop in every half hour from morning till night with views, tips, book news and giveaways. Anne Cassidy, Celia Rees, Adele Geras, Nicola Morgan and Keren David are some of the high-profile names I spotted on the programme. All the posts will be archived, so this will be a festival that can be visited at any time.