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Famous authors head to Skipton

Famous authors head to Skipton

Published at 4:54pm 21st September 2018. (Updated at 5:00pm 21st September 2018)

Over 65 authors, poets, illustrators, storytellers and animators including Clare Balding and Sir Chris Hoy will be arriving in Skipton this month. 

Taking place Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th September 2018, the Children's Literature Festival at Broughton Hall in Skipton will be welcoming local families for the first time. 

Ever read Horrible Science? Rastamouse? Beetle Boy? The Fincredible Diary of Fin Spencer? Or Gorgeous George? 

With involvement of over 40,000 children from over 200 schools in Yorkshire, the first couple of days will take place within schools, with the weekend culminating at the historic Broughton Hotel. 

Sponsored by Welcome to Yorkshire, well-known children's book authors will be speaking to audiences, telling stories, reading excerpts and answering questions. 

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Which authors can I see at the Children's Literature Festival?

Friday 28th September 6-7pm

  • Andy and The Odd Socks

Saturday 29th September

ALL DAY: Animal petting • Bollywood dancing • Donkey rides • Face painting • Live Music from Brassanova • Messy Play with Spongetree and Yorkshire Sculpture Park • Scarecrow Trail ⚡Duel with He Who Must Not Be Named

10-10.50am

  • Nick Arnold
  • Robin Etherington
  • Chris Mould & Steve Web
  • Robin Price
  • Sally Crabtree
  • Cat Weatherill

11.15-12pm

  • Tony Walsh As hilarious as he is thought-provoking, Tony intersperses his talks and performances with inspirational stories from his own remarkable life journey from childhood poverty to making headlines across the world. Tony's session at our Children's Literature Festival is sure to be a real highlight which will live long in the memory of all who attend.
  • Steve Cole
  • Peter Bunzl
  • Brian Moses
  • Nick Cook
  • Donovan Christopher
  • Karin Littlewood

12.20-1pm

  • Steven Butler
  • Michael De Souza
  • Kathryn Evans
  • Will Mabbitt
  • Karl Nova
  • Joseph Witchall
  • Free Spartapuss Film Screenings

1.20-2.10pm

  • Chris Bradford Chris Bradford is one of the most popular authors touring schools in the UK. His high energy Young Samurai presentation with authentic samurai swordsmanship has the audience on the edge of their seats .- make sure you don’t sit in the front row! Ninjas, samurai warlords and martial arts make this an action-packed session guaranteed to inspire the most reluctant reader.
  • Robin Stevens
  • Chris White
  • Martin Chatterton
  • Jon Robinson
  • Sonia Leong
  • John Row

2.30-3.15pm

  • Clare Balding Join author and broadcaster Clare Balding as she introduces the first two installments of her brilliant animal adventure trilogy - 'The Racehorse Who Wouldn’t Gallop' and 'The Racehorse Who Disappeared'. 
  • Tanya Landman
  • Stuart Reid
  • David Solomons
  • Sam Gayton
  • Mara Menzies
  • Liz Million

3.40-4.30pm

  • M.G. Leonard Discover the amazing world of insects with M.G. Leonard, author of bestselling 'Beetle Boy' and its sequel 'Beetle Queen'. Did you know the rhinoceros beetle can lift over 800 times its own body weight? That the bombardier beetle can shoot acid out of its own bottom? And that some people actually EAT bugs – which might just help save the planet?
  • Annabel Pitcher
  • Alex Scarrow 
  • A.F. Harrold
  • Jamie Thomson
  • Andy Craven-Griffiths
  • Nick Toczek

4.50-5.30pm

  • Ciaran Murtagh Ciaran is a Bafta Award winning and Writers Guild Award-nominated screenwriter and author. To date, he has written over forty books for children. His latest series – The Fincredible Diary of Fin Spencer – has been translated into fifteen languages, is published all over the world and won the Leicester Best Book Award in 2016.
  • Piers Torday
  • Harry Baker & Chris
  • Andrew Lane
  • Tom Palmer
  • Spoz
  • Rob Bradley

5.30-6.15pm

  • Yorkshire Young Writer, Winners Award Ceremony- Years 3/4

Sunday 30th September

ALL DAY: Animal Petting • Bollywood dancing • Donkey rides • Face painting • Live Music from Brassanova • Messy Play with Spongetree and Yorkshire Scultpure Park • Scarecrow Trail

10-10.50am

  • Chris Bradford Chris Bradford is one of the most popular authors touring schools in the UK. His high energy Young Samurai presentation with authentic samurai swordsmanship has the audience on the edge of their seats .- make sure you don’t sit in the front row! Ninjas, samurai warlords and martial arts make this an action-packed session guaranteed to inspire the most reluctant reader.
  • Steven Butler
  • Will Mabbitt
  • Martin Chatterton
  • Peter Bunzl
  • John Row

11.15-12pm

  • Maz Evans Maz Evans presents a fun-filled family fiasco as she uses the world of her hilarious 'Who Let the Gods Out?' series to introduce Greek Mythology – as you’ve never seen it before. Packed with giggles and games, look no further for an epic dose of mythological mayhem. This presentation features Maz’s quest to find the King or Queen of the Gods from her audience members.
  • Ciaran Murtagh
  • Robin Price
  • Alex Scarrow
  • Michael De Souza
  • Liz Million
  • Nick Toczek

12.20-1pm

  • Harry Baker & Chris Read
  • Jonathan Meres
  • Robin Etherington
  • Spoz
  • Sonia Leong

1.20-2.10pm

  • Kiran Millwood Hargrave Her bestselling debut The Girl of Ink & Stars (aka The Cartographer’s Daughter in the US), about a mapmaker’s daughter who must save her island, was a Financial Times Book of the Year and was shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award, the Little Rebels Awards, and won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2017 and the British Book Awards Children’s Book of the Year. Her second standalone story, The Island at the End of Everything, was published May 2017, and has so far been Sunday Times Children’s Book of the Week, longlisted for the UKLA Book Awards, and won the Little Ripon Bookshop’s Children’s Book Award 2017.
  • Ross Welford
  • Steve Skidmore
  • Kathryn Evans
  • Tom Palmer
  • Terry Caffrey & Andy Winters
  • Cat Weatherill

2.30-3.15pm

  • Nick Arnold Join Nick Arnold for hair-raising highlights from the world's bestselling kids' science series - 'HORRIBLE SCIENCE'. With evil experiments, foul factoids, putrid poems and queasy quizzes - this show is rib-tickling, roof-raising, rip-roaring family fun. Science has never been so squishy!
  • Paul Geraghty
  • Brian Moses
  • Jamie Thomson
  • Mara Menzies

3.40-4.30pm

  • Stuart Reid The six books in Stuart’s Gorgeous George series have been met with widespread enthusiasm and international acclaim from young readers and the first four titles have even been translated into Turkish. The books were written to encourage children, especially boys and reluctant readers, to want to read more often.
  • Marcus Alexander
  • Sam Gayton
  • Alice In Wonderland Colourful, musical and packed full of fun, riddles, adventure and special effects, Alice in Wonderland is the story of a girl who disappears down a rabbit hole to a fantastic place full of curious and bizarre adventures.The audience will be immersed in the story and their imagination and emotions evoked in a way that promotes ongoing creative writing, reading and discussion.
  • Karin Littlewood
  • Rob Bradley

4.50-5.30pm

  • Yorkshire Young Writer, Winners Award Ceremony - Years 5/6
  • Roald Dahl Show
  • Anna Best

Broughton Hall is keen to welcome visitors to the Children's Literature Festival for 2018. 

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