Eeeek the 2019 Bath Children’s Literature Festival programme has been revealed and it’s looking immense! Running from Friday 27 September – Sunday 6 October and feauturing the likes of Harry Hill, Jacqueline Wilson, David Baddiel, Clare Balding, Sophie Dahl, Greg James and Chris Smith, Cressida Cowell, Malorie Blackman, Michael Rosen, McFly’s Dougie Poynter, Bryony Gordon (plus many more) it’s set to be a corker!

To celebrate the opening of the festival next month we’ve teamed up with the guys behind the scenes to offer one lucky reader the chance of winning FIVE tickets to an event of their choice (excl. masterclasses and subject to availability), to win simply head over to the Kids of Bath instagram or facebook page and tell us who your favourite children’s author is!

This year’s festival includes old favourites, such as the Very Hungry Caterpillar and Percy the Park Keeper plus exciting new work from Chris Riddell, David Baddiel, Cressida Cowell and Dame Jacqueline Wilson, who will be giving Bath  fans in the city where she was born, the chance to buy her new Tracy Beaker novel ahead of official publication on 17 October.

Familiar faces and classic characters at this year’s festival include: Horrible Histories, Kipper, The Wimpy Kid, Shaun the Sheep, Elmer the Elephant, Dr Who, Malory Towers and the World of Harry Potter.

Books will be brought to life with a fresh approach from visiting speakers including McFly’s Dougie Poynter, who will be talking about why plastic sucks, wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan will be telling tales of animals in some of the world’s coldest spots while ex-England player Casey Stoney, who is currently head coach at Manchester United’s women’s team, will be talking about her footballing career and the history of women’s football. Comedian Harry Hill will be making his young audience – and their parents – roar with laughter. As a tribute to the late writer Judith Kerr there will be special story time featuring some of her best-loved works, including The Tiger Who Came To Tea.

The festival’s bookshop partner is Waterstones and as well as selling books from all the visiting authors, the shop in Milsom Street, Bath, will be hosting a free event on Saturday 5 October for national Bookshop Day. From 10am until 4.30pm local authors, including Moira Butterfield, Graham Baker-Smith and Fleur Hitchcock, will be signing copies of their books. If you have one of their books at home you can take them along to Waterstones on the day.

Bath Festivals is a charity which works in collaboration with Bath Spa University, which is its Creative Partner again this year, and their supporters and sponsors: Novia, First News, Royal High School Bath, Norland Nannies, Kingswood School, Woolley Grange, Southgate and Bath BID.

How exciting! Tickets can be booked here.

Here’s the full line up of what’s taking place:

Friday 27 September 

1-2pm / Forum / Tickets £5 / A1 

Cressida Cowell

Meet bestselling author and creator of How To Train Your Dragon, Cressida Cowell. Cressida will be talking about her latest book, Knock Three Times, from the hugely popular The Wizards of Once series. Come and hear about her inspiration and top tips on writing and creating your own characters. Magic!

 

Dougie Poynter 

5-6pm /The Forum / Tickets £9.50 / A2

Join McFly’s Dougie Poynter as he discusses why Plastic Sucks! with the One Show’s Lucy Siegle. Dougie will be talking about his new book and drawing from his own experiences, sharing easy tips to cut down our plastic use and help protect our environment. Together we can make a difference!  Family and 8+. SPONSORED BY Royal High School

 

Sat 28 Sept  

Cressida Cowell 

10-11am / Guildhall / Tickets £8 / B1

Meet bestselling author and creator of How To Train Your Dragon, Cressida Cowell. Cressida will be talking about her latest book, Knock Three Times, from the hugely popular The Wizards of Once series. Come and hear about her inspiration and get top tips on writing and creating your own characters. AGE 7+ SPONSORED BY Carousel 

 

Oscar the Hungry Unicorn 

10-10.45am / Guildhall / Tickets £6.50 / B2 

Oscar the Unicorn has eaten his stable so he needs to find somewhere else to live. Not easy if you’re a unicorn who eats everything in sight! Will Oscar ever find a place to call home? Meet his creator, Lou Carter, in this playful storytime event and discover the hungriest unicorn in fairyland! AGE 4+

 

Shaun the Sheep Model Making Workshop

10-11am / 12-1pm / 2-3pm / Forum: Ballroom / Tickets £15 / B3 / B4 / B5

Aardman Animations, creators of Wallace & Gromit and Early Man, give you the chance to make your own clay character of Shaun the Sheep from their new film, Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon! These fun, hands-on modelling workshops are led by one of their expert model makers. Ask questions and get top tips about animation techniques! 

This is a family event, so adults and children can all enjoy making a model. Please purchase a ticket for every person taking part. Children over 8 can attend independently if signed in by a parent/guardian. AGE 6+ 

 

Harry Hill 

10-11am / The Forum / Tickets £9.50 / B6

Join the comedy superstar of TV Burp and You’ve Been Framed Harry Hill for an hour of hilarious, side-splitting fun as he presents his latest children’s book all about Matt Millz – Britain’s youngest comedian, in Matt Millz on Tour. Don’t miss Britain’s favourite comedian; back in Bath by popular demand. Family and AGE 7+. SPONSORED by Novia 

 

Yuval Zommer’s Big Book of Birds

10-10.45am / Bath Central Library / Tickets £6.50 / B7

Why is a flamingo pink? Is a bald eagle really bald? Discover the best facts about some of the world’s most magnificent birds in this interactive drawing session from top author and illustrator Yuval Zommer. Create your own unique feathered creatures to impress your friends. AGE 7+

 

Exploring our Blue Planet 

11-11.45am / Masonic Hall / Tickets £7.50 / B8

Presenter Miranda Krestovnikoff shares her illustrated book The Sea in this very special event. Delve into the depths of the mysterious world of our deepest oceans and discover the amazing animals that populate our waters. Hear about Miranda’s exciting career, the amazing creatures she’s met and how important it is to protect them. AGE 7+

 

Nibbles the Book Monster!  

11-11.45am / Cricket Club / Tickets £6.50 / B9

Nibbles the Book Monster is back! Join Emma Yarlett as she tells the story behind her new book-eating monster adventure. Nibbles is eating his way through our bookshelves… can we catch him? With craft and storytelling, come and help Nibbles get back to where he belongs. AGE 4+ 

 

History Alive: Emma Carroll 

12-12.45pm / Guildhall / Tickets £7 / B10

A sinking boat. A girl in disguise. A disappearing sea. Join Emma Carroll, amazing author of Letters from the Lighthouse and Secrets of a Sun King as she launches her new historical adventure, The Somerset Tsunami. Hear about local superstitions, a fight for survival and a real-life-inspired torrential flooding.  AGE 8+ 

 

New Class at Malory Towers 

12-12.45pm / Guildhall / Tickets £6.50 / B11

Grab your tuck box and join Patrice Lawrence and a whole host of new faces in the new class at Enid Blyton’s Malory Towers – the best-loved boarding school in the world! Midnight feasts, mischief and all manner of high-jinks await you – don’t be late…or get caught talking after ‘lights out’! AGE 7+

 

The Big Book of Dead Things 

12-12.45pm / Bath Central Library / Tickets £6.50 / B12

Get ready to take a tour of the museum of dead things! Discover fun facts about exploding stars, dinosaurs that once walked the earth, how Egyptian mummies were made and why the dodo is extinct. This is an exciting event for the most curiously minded young book lovers!  AGE 4+ 

 

The Dog That Saved the World and Other Stories

1-1.45pm / Masonic Hall / Tickets £7 / B13

He smells. He’ll eat literally anything. And he’s humanity’s only hope . . . it’s The Dog That Saved the World! In an event full of surprises, funny stories and a little bit of magic, meet Ross Welford superstar author of Time Travelling with a Hamster and The 1,000-year-old Boy.  AGE 8+

 

Meet Hugless Douglas 

1-1.45pm / Cricket Club / Tickets £6.50 / B14

Hugless Douglas is the huggable, lovable, young brown bear who wakes up one morning in need of a hug. Join Douglas on his search for the perfect bear hug with his creator, David Melling. Look behind the scenes at how David creates his books, hear a favourite story and learn how to draw this loveable bear. Douglas will also be here to say hello and even share some hugging tips!  AGE 4+

 

The Wimpy Kid Show 

2-2.45pm / Guildhall / Tickets £7.50 / B15

A must for all Diary of a Wimpy Kid fans! Host Alastair Watson brings the books to life with fun activities including The Wimpy Kid Draw-Along and The Wimp Wars! Quiz. See exclusive clips of author Jeff Kinney talking about how he draws the characters and his involvement in the films. 

All those who purchase a book on the day will be eligible for it to be stamped with an exclusive Wimpy Kid Show stamp. Age 7+

 

The Iron Man

2-2.45pm / Guildhall / Tickets £7 / B16

Illustrator Chris Mould has reimagined Ted Hughes’ ever popular classic, The Iron Man, with a special new edition of the book. Chris explains how he first discovered this brilliant adventure story in his school library and how he created his own version of The Iron Man in pen and ink. AGE 7+ SPONSORED BY Bath Spa University

 

Michael Rosen 

2-3pm /The Forum / Tickets £9.50 / B17

Silly poems, cunning plots. New words, old words, funny words! Meet the legendary Michael Rosen – awesome author of such cracking, tongue-twisting classics as Jelly Boots, Smelly Boots, Unexpected Twist, A Dog’s Tale, Centrally Heated Knickers, Uncle Gobb and We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. A riotous hour of laughs for all the family.  AGES 7+. SPONSORED by Kingswood School 

 

Captain Cat with Sue Mongredien 

2-2.45pm / Bath Central Library / Tickets £6.50 / B18

Ahoy, me hearties! Join local author, Sue Mongredien, to hear about her new swashbuckling, laugh-out-loud pirate stories which follow the escapades of Patch, the ship’s cat who lives aboard the Golden Earring. Meet Cutlass the parrot and Monty the monkey, too. Come wearing your best pirate hat! AGE 5+ 

 

Percy the Park Keeper

3-3.45pm / Masonic Hall / Tickets £6.50 / B19

Celebrate 30 years of the Percy the Park Keeper and his animal friends with legendary author and illustrator Nick Butterworth. In this fun and interactive event, Nick will talk about his books, characters and the long-awaited return of everyone’s favourite park keeper in his new book One Springy Day. AGES 4+

 

Witch Wars vs Bad Mermaids  

3-3.45pm /Bath Cricket Club / Tickets £6.50 / B20

Think you know all there is to know about mermaids and witches? Come and meet Sibéal Pounder – the creator of Witch Wars and Bad Mermaids – to find out more about your favourite fairytale characters. Learn how she creates cool characters and weird worlds. Hats and tails encouraged. AGE 7+

 

Chris Riddell

4-5pm / Guildhall / Tickets £8 / B21

Join the former Children’s Laureate and creator of the Goth Girl and Ottoline series, Chris Riddell, as he introduces you to Zama, Phoebe and Bathsheba from his new book, Cloud Horse Chronicles: Guardians of Magic. In the Kingdom of Thrynne, fairy tales don’t behave and magic can be found in unexpected places. AGE 8+. SPONSORED by Bath Spa University

 

Magic Stories: Michelle Harrison and Dominique Valente 

4-4.45pm / Guildhall / Tickets £7.50 / B22

Three sisters trapped by an ancient curse. A missing day that must be found. Two magical stories from two fabulously enchanting authors – Michelle Harrison (A Pinch of Magic) and Dominique Valente (Starfell: Willow Moss and the Lost Day) – who come together to share their tales of wonder. AGE 8+

 

Tom McLaughlin’s Funny Show

4-4.45pm / Bath Central Library / Tickets £6.50 / B23

Here’s an author who really knows how to write funny stories! A rollercoaster ride of accidental rock star antics? Tick. A crazy science project phone that can turn your best friend into a ferocious werewolf? Tick! Join Tom McLaughlin as he shares his latest laugh-out-loud bestsellers in this rib-tickling special event. AGE 7+

 

David Baddiel 

5-6pm / Forum / Tickets £9.50 / B24

Come and meet comedian and children’s author David Baddiel who will reveal fun stories about his latest bestseller, Head Kid. Hear him talk about his previous bestselling books The Parent Agency, The Person Controller and Birthday Boy; as well as an exclusive preview of his exciting new book. AGE 8+. SPONSORED by Kingswood School

 

Sat 29 Sep 

The Magical World of Harry Potter  

10-11am / Guildhall / Tickets £7.50 / C1

Still waiting for your letter from Hogwarts? Join Fleurble Laffalot for a journey through J.K. Rowling’s much loved Harry Potter books. The sorting ceremony! Quidditch! Moving portraits! Potions! A funny, silly event with lots of fun facts for anyone who has ever wanted to explore the magical world of Harry Potter.AGE 8+ Family 

 

Ten Little Aliens  

10-10.45am / Guildhall / Tickets £6.50 / C2

Come and see Mike Brownlow and count from ten to one and back again with this rhythmic, rhyming space adventure! Join the Ten Little Aliens as they jet off through space in search of a new home – discovering fiery planets, fizzing comets and some very strange space creatures! AGE 4+

 

Ancient Adventures with Joe Todd-Stanton 

11-11.45am / Bath Cricket Club / Tickets £6.50 / C3

Join master storyteller, illustrator and winner of the 2018 Waterstones Book Prize for The Secret of Black Rock Joe Todd-Stanton as he introduces his new book, Kai and the Monkey King. This latest Brownstone family tale sees adventurer Kai travel to China to learn all about mythology, meet magical gods and fight dangerous beasts! AGE 5+

 

Holly Smale 

11-11.45am / Masonic Hall / Tickets £7 / C4

Meet Geek Girl author Holly Smale as she introduces Happy Girl Lucky – the first novel in her fantastic new series The Valentines. Hope, Faith and Mercy are sisters who seem to have everything: fame, success, money, beauty and a family steeped in movie star heritage. Except real-life isn’t like the movies, is it? AGE 11+

 

The World of Judith Kerr

12-12.45pm / Guildhall / Tickets £7 / C5

In this very special storytime we will be celebrating the work of Judith Kerr. From The Tiger Who Came to Tea to her new book, The Curse of the School Rabbit, come along to share this wonderful hour of storytelling and help us celebrate a lifetime of work that delighted and entertained children and families. AGE 4+

 

Adventure Stories: Catherine Doyle and Sinéad O’Hart 

12-12.45pm / Guildhall / Tickets £7.50 / C6
Once in a generation, an island begins to stir, a legendary monster that must not be unleashed from the deep. Come and hear about two fantastical adventures from authors Catherine Doyle (The Storm Keeper’s Island) and Sinéad O’Hart (The Eye of the North). Myths and monsters have never been this exciting!

AGE 8+

 

Drawing Fun with Jarvis

12-12.45pm / Holburne Museum / Tickets £6.50 / C7

Enjoy read-aloud rhymes and fun twists on classic nursery tales such as Mary Had a Little Lamb and This Little Piggy with Jarvis! This entertaining and interactive session of storytelling and illustration is full of jumping, dancing, drawing, and Jarvis-favourites like Alan’s Big Scary Teeth and Tropical Terry. AGE 4+. SPONSORED by Bath Spa University

 

The Great Dog Bottom Swap!

1-1.45pm / Bath Cricket Club / Tickets £6.50 / C8

Join Peter Bently and Mei Matsuoko as they celebrate their hilarious picture book with fun, games and lots of drawing! The Dogs’ Summer Ball is so posh that each dog must remove its bottom before they are allowed inside. But the dogs make a hasty exit… do they have the correct bottom? AGE 4+

 

The Lost Words with Jackie Morris

1-2pm / Masonic Hall / Tickets £7.50 / C9

Once upon a time, words of the natural world began to vanish from the language of children. Words like dandelion, otter, bramble and acorn. The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane wants those words back!  Jackie Morris, the book’s acclaimed illustrator, talks to Nicola Davies about her art and her passion for this remarkable book for young and old alike. AGE 8+ Family. SPONSORED BY Bath Spa University Bath School of Art & Design

 

Horrible Histories: Rotten Romans! 

2-2.45pm / Guildhall / Tickets £8 / C10

Incredible illustrator Martin Brown brings Horrible Histories to life through deadly drawing, savage stories and foul facts. Following the summer’s feature film, Horrible Histories: The Movie –  Rotten Romans, Martin will reveal more about the ruthless Romans and the cut-throat Celts. Expect all the gore and more… AGE 7+. SPONSORED BY Kingswood School

 

Hilda’s World 

2-2.45pm / Guildhall / Tickets £7 / C11

Wild about woffs? Enamoured with elves? Mad about marra? Stephen Davies, writer of the Hilda chapter books, hosts a celebration of the joyous, bonkers world of Hilda. Find out more about your favourite characters and dream up some new magical creatures that could be living in and around Trolberg! AGE 7+

 

Drawing Masterclass with Sarah Warburton 

2-3pm / Holburne Museum / Tickets £12 / C12

Join top illustrator and picture book creator Sarah Warburton for a fun, hands-on drawing masterclass. Get expert tips on how to turn your ideas into pictures to go with your stories, how to best draw people and maybe some fantastical creatures too. AGE 7+

SPONSORED BY Bath Spa University

Parents/guardians can attend masterclasses for free if they wish to stay.

 

The Story of the Little Mole 

3-3.45pm / Bath Cricket Club / Tickets £6.50 / C13

Join us for storytelling fun and drawing as we follow the hilarious quest of a Little Mole as he tries to find out who did their business on his head. The Story of the Little Mole Who Knew it was None of his Business has been keeping children, and grown-ups, entertained for a decade! AGE 3+

 

Aliens Love Underpants!

3-3.45pm / Masonic Hall / Tickets £6.50 / C14

Pirates! Dinosaurs! Monsters! Aliens! They all love underpants. Ben Cort, illustrator behind the bestselling picture book series, brings the aliens to life in this celebratory event for all the family with lots of drawing, stories and laughs. Look out for a special guest appearance from a furry alien! AGE 4+

 

Derek Landy 

4-5pm / Guildhall / Tickets £8 / C15

Returning to Bath to talk about Bedlam, the 12th explosive novel in the Skulduggery Pleasant series, comes fan-favourite Derek Landy. His latest epic adventure will blow your mind and change everything. Valkyrie Cain goes up against the High Sanctuary itself, and there’s nothing Skulduggery Pleasant can do to stop her. AGE 10+

 

Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet

4-4.45pm / Guildhall / Tickets £6.50 / C16

Join the creators of Supertato Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet for a new show – this time featuring old friends Cake and Snowball and their new picture book Oh, Christmas Tree! Complete with live music, special sound effects, lights and props, this mad-capped fun-filled event is suitable for all the family!  AGE 4+

 

Introducing… Malamander!  

5-5.45pm / Bath Cricket Club / Tickets £7 / C17

Who will solve the secret of the Malamander? Who will dare? Join Thomas Taylor as he shows readers how to create their own monsters and introduces the quirky characters from seaside town Eerie-on-Sea, the setting for his thrilling mythical adventure! AGE 8+

 

Holly Bourne  

6-6.45pm / Guildhall / Tickets £7.50 / C18

Author Holly Bourne explores something we’ve all experienced: crying our hearts out in public. After all, who hasn’t been that person, sobbing at the bus stop? Hear about The Places I’ve Cried in Public and get ready for an honest, moving and insightful chat on romance, feminism and healthy relationships. Teen. SPONSORED BY Bath Spa University.

 

Mon 30 Sep 

Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam 

10-10.45am / Guildhall / Tickets £4 / D1

Tracey Corderoy and Steven Lenton introduce the latest adventures of their lovable creations Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam, two former robber dogs who turn from crime to cupcakes. They’re the only dogs you need to call when you need mysteries solving or cakes baking! Storytelling fun, participation and laugh-out-loud games. AGE 5+

 

Ten Minutes to Bed!

10-10.45am / Bath Central Library / Tickets £6 / D4

Join Twinkle the unicorn, Belch the monster and Splash the mermaid for an enchanting adventure in the Land of Nod. Enjoy a magical storytelling session where you can explore the charming ancient forest, spooky deadly creek and magical golden cove from this bestselling series from Ladybird. AGE 3+

 

Poetry Fun with Matt Goodfellow 

11.30am-12.15pm / Guildhall / Tickets £4 / D2

Awesome wordsmith, Matt Goodfellow, performs a selection of high-energy, fun-filled poems from his most recent books, including Chicken on the Roof. Dancing through deserts, crawling through caves and hiding in the fur of African goats – poems can be about anything and everything! AGE 7+

 

Ade Adepitan 

1.15-2pm / Royal High School / Tickets £4 / D3

Meet Paralympian and TV presenter Ade Adepitan and hear about his exciting new books, Ade’s Amazing Ade-ventures. Hear about him moving to London from Nigeria and making friends at a new school as well as some of the amazing things he has done since – from the Paralympics to travelling the world. AGE 7+

 

Stories of Hope: Catherine Bruton and Sita Brahmachari

6-7pm / Guildhall / Tickets £7 / D5

Two children must risk everything to escape their fate and find the impossible. A girl with an exceptional talent must fight to find a place to call home. Join Catherine Bruton (No Ballet Shoes in Syria) and Sita Brahmachari (Where The River Runs Gold) as they discuss their powerful stories of displacement and bravery.  AGE 9+

 

Tues 1 Oct  

Adam Stower’s King Coo 

10-10.45am / Guildhall / Tickets £4 / E1

Do you have a best friend who lives in a tree house with a pet wombat? Ben Pole does. Join author and illustrator Adam Stower to find out more about the one and only King Coo in an event packed with stories, fun, games and drawing. Bring your imagination! AGE 6+

 

What a Waste with Jess French 

11.30am-12.15pm / Guildhall / Tickets £4 / E2

Did you know that every single plastic toothbrush ever made still exists? Or that there’s a floating mass of rubbish larger than the USA drifting around the Pacific Ocean? Join conservationist and author, Dr Jess French, to learn all about waste and help make our planet a nicer place for everyone. AGE 7+

SPONSORED BY Bath Spa University

 

Story Magic with Abi Elphinstone 

1.15-2pm / Guildhall / Tickets £4 / E3

From chasing the northern lights across the Arctic to living with eagle hunters in Mongolia, hear about the real-life adventures behind Abi Elphinstone’s brilliant books including her new series, The Unmapped Chronicles. Bringing treasures with her – catapults, wolf fangs and huntress hats – Abi shows how easy it is to find magic every day. AGE 8+ 

 

The One-Stop Story Shop 

10-10.45am / Bath Central Library / Tickets £6 / E4

Tracey Corderoy is bringing The One-Stop Story Shop to Bath! Join the much-loved picture book author to find out where stories come from and follow Knight and Ferret on their adventures. Join in with games and songs and create your own One-Stop Story Shop sign to take home.  AGE 3+

 

Wed 2 Oct 

Kristina Stephenson

10-10.45am / Guildhall / Tickets £4 / F1

The greatest minds in the animal kingdom have gathered for a very important debate, attempting to answer The Impossible Question – Why Are There So Many Books About Bears? Join Kristina Stephenson, creator of Sir Charlie Stinky Socks, for a theatrical event of puppetry, costumes and props to find out! AGE 4+

 

The Edge Chronicles with Paul Stewart 

11.30am-12.15pm / Guildhall / Tickets £4 / F2

After 13 books and numerous spin-offs, The Edge Chronicles draws to an unforgettable end with The Descenders. Paul Stewart talks about collaborating with Chris Riddell and the inspiration behind this fantasy book series. Can Cade find the courage to defy his enemies, unite his friends, and unlock the secrets of descending? AGE 9+

 

Back in Time with Caroline Lawrence 

1.15-2pm / Guildhall / Tickets £4 / F3

“I want to know everything about the past,” says bestselling author Caroline Lawrence. “I write historical novels because nobody has invented a Time Machine.”  Or have they? Caroline’s thrilling new adventure book is about a London schoolboy who travels back in time to Roman London. Expect props, facts and LOLs! AGE 9+

 

Petr Horáček 

10-10.45am / Bath Central Library / Tickets £6 / F4

Czech illustrator Petr Horáček is the author of many amazing picture books for the very young: Blue Penguin, The Greedy Goat, Silly Suzy Goose, Elephant and The Mouse Who Wasn’t Scared to name just a few! Join this fun storytelling session and watch his characters come to life with some live drawing. AGE 3+ 

 

How to Write a Great Story  

4.30-5.30pm / Guildhall / Tickets £12 / F5

Author of The Roman Mysteries, Caroline Lawrence, shares her best tips in this story writing masterclass for budding young authors. Featuring examples from Black Panther, Harry Potter, The Incredibles and Star Wars, Caroline explores deciding your setting, creating deadly opponents and choosing your hero’s greatest weakness. AGE 9+

Parents/guardians can attend masterclasses for free if they wish to stay.

 

Chris Ryan 

6-7pm / Guildhall / Tickets £7.50 / F6

Join Chris Ryan, ex SAS hero-turned-author, as he discusses his real- life army career and his new action book series Special Forces Cadets. A top-secret government programme needs a crack team of undercover military operators. Only a few are tough enough to make it . . . and they must be under 16. Teen

 

Thurs 3 Oct 

Rob Biddulph

10-10.45am / Guildhall / Tickets £4 / G1

Calling all young budding writers and artists! Meet Rob Biddulph – awesome author and illustrator of Blown Away!, Dinosaur Juniors, Odd Dog Out, Grrrrrr! and now Show and Tell. Hear some of his ace stories and join in to draw one of his characters. AGE 4+

 

Atinuke’s Africa 

11.30am-12.15pm / Guildhall / Tickets £4 / G2

Did you know that the continent of Africa is as big as Europe, the USA, Mexico, India and Japan all put together? Wow! Join spectacular storyteller Atinuke for a captivating event full of facts and stories from Africa, and hear about the cultures, languages, and traditional folk tales from where she grew up. AGE 7+

 

Raise Your Voice

1.15-2.15pm / Guildhall / Tickets Free / G3

To take part or attend this event please email:  education@bathfestivals.org.uk

It’s National Poetry Day and pupils from local schools will be performing their poetry on the festival stage in our Bath Children’s Literature Festival Poetry Slam. There will be drama and rhyme, rhythm and rap as the young poets play with language and this year’s theme: Truth. All hosted by super talented poet, Rebecca Tantony. AGE 7+

 

Gordon Buchanan 

5-6pm / Guildhall / Tickets £8 / G4

Embark on an adventure with TV wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan, presenter of the BBC’s The Polar Bear Family & Me and foreword writer for Ice: Chilling Stories from a Disappearing World. Expect incredible tales of Gordon’s travels to the frozen regions of our planet and the amazing wildlife that call these icy habitats home. AGE 9+ Family.  SPONSORED by First News

 

Writing for Young People

7-8pm / Guildhall / Tickets £7.50 / G5

Do you want to write for children and teens? Are you looking for inspiration to kick start your stories? Join three recently published graduates from Bath Spa University’s MA in Writing for Young People – Kirsty Applebaum, Jasbinder Bilan and Julie Pike as they discuss their publishing success stories and creative processes with author and tutor Steve Voake.

Teen. SPONSORED BY Bath Spa University 

 

Fri 4 Oct 

Giraffes Can’t Dance 

10-10.45am / Guildhall / Tickets £4 / H1

It’s time for everybody to go to the Jungle Dance – who’s coming? Illustrator Guy Parker-Rees celebrates the 20th anniversary of this iconic picture book story with drawing, creativity and, of course, dancing! Maybe Gerald will come out for a dance…? AGE 5+

 

Farmyard Tales

10-10.45am / Bath Central Library / Tickets £6 / H4

The much-loved Farmyard Tales are back! Join in with some storytelling & activity fun in the company of Poppy and Sam, Rusty the dog, Curly the pig and Woolly the sheep from Apple Tree Farm. Will you be able to spot the famous little yellow duck? AGE 3+ 

 

Andy Stanton

Public Event: 5-6pm / Guildhall / Tickets £8 / H5 

Join Andy Stanton – the ridiculously funny author of the Mr Gum series as he talks about his new series set in ancient Pompeii.  Meet Caecilius the fart merchant! Thrill to the adventures of Barkus Wooferinicum, the family mutt! Tremble at the terrifying legend of the ma-wol-n-f! 85% historical inaccuracy guaranteed! AGE 7+ 

 

Schools Event: 11.15am – 12.30pm / Guildhall / Tickets £4 / H2

 

Schools Event: 1 – 2pm / Guildhall / Tickets £4 / H3

Greg James and Chris Smith

Calling all members of the Heroes’ Alliance! Help! The planet’s most dangerous supervillains have broken out of prison! Luckily Kid Normal is on hand to chase them down. Join superstar Radio 1 DJ’s Greg James and Chris Smith for an action-packed event with music from Dave Cribb. Lots of games and singing guaranteed. AGE 8+

 

Sat 5 Oct 

Greg James and Chris Smith 

10-10.45am / Guildhall / Tickets £8 / J1

Calling all members of the Heroes’ Alliance! Help! The planet’s most dangerous supervillains have broken out of prison! Luckily Kid Normal is on hand to chase them down. Join superstar Radio 1 DJ’s Greg James and Chris Smith for an action-packed event with music from Dave Cribb. Lots of games and singing guaranteed. AGE 8+

 

Mrs Blackhat Rides Again!

10-10.45am / Guildhall / Tickets £6.50 / J2

Meet Mrs Blackhat, a witch who just loves the colour black. From her broom to her hat, all is black… apart from her cat. Join author and illustrator Chloë Inkpen for an interactive storytelling and live drawing session with a special guest appearance by her co-author, Mick Inkpen, creator of Kipper and Wibbly Pig. AGE 4+

 

How to Draw THE BEANO 

10-10.45am / 12-12.45pm /The Forum: Ballroom / Tickets £8 / J3 / J4 

Join Beano writer and illustrator, and creator of Dennis in Jurassic Bark Nigel Auchterlounie, for a drawing workshop where he’ll share tips on how to write and draw your Beano favourites, including Dennis and Gnasher. Nigel will also reveal the drawing ‘cheats’ he uses to help you with your own drawing. AGE 8+

 

Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler 

10-11am / Forum / Tickets £9.50 / J5

Join the UK’s bestselling picture book pair for out-of-this-world songs, storytelling and drawing.  Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler present stories from old favourites like The Gruffalo to their newest, The Smeds and the Smoos. The Smeds (who are red) never mix with the Smoos (who are blue) … until Janet meets Bill in an unforgettable love story of alien folk.  AGE 5+ SPONSORED BY Southgate Bath

 

Konnie Huq

11-11.45am / Masonic Hall / Tickets £7.50 / J6

Get ready to meet Cookie Haque – funny, science-obsessed and ready to take on the world! Join author, broadcaster and beloved former Blue Peter presenter Konnie Huq as she introduces you to Cookie’s adventures in a sparkling new series. With live draw-alongs, brainbusting quizzes and games galore – prepare for non-stop comedy fun. AGE 7+

 

Meet the Meerkats with Emily Gravett 

11-11.45am / Holburne Museum / Tickets £6.50 / J7

Sunny the meerkat has packed his bags and is off to visit his mongoose cousins! But who’s that shadowy figure following him around? Meet Emily Gravett to find out in this event with plenty of laughs and top meerkat drawing tips! Get a sneaky peek of Meerkat Christmas too! AGE 4+

 

That’s Not My Birthday! 

11-11.45am / Bath Central Library / Tickets £6.50/ J8

Celebrate the 20th birthday of That’s not my… with a sensory adventure session like no other. Join us as we hunt for the magical rainbow birthday party for our hero, Puppy, and meet lots of friends along the way! Play with bubbles, snow, and hail, with fun and songs too. AGE 3+ 

 

Malorie Blackman

12-1pm / Guildhall / Tickets £8 / J9

Meet former Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman – author of the ground-breaking Noughts & Crosses series. Her new novel Crossfire takes a sharp look at our current political climate and explores issues of race, class and balance of power to ignite a fire in us all to rise and make our voices heard. Teen.  SPONSORED BY Royal High School 

 

Casey Stoney

12-12.45pm / Guildhall / Tickets £7 / J10

Meet former England football player Casey Stoney, currently head coach at Manchester United Women’s team. Hear about her inspirational career as she shares insights into her new book – a history of the women’s game that shines a light on the individuals that have overcome the odds to play the sport they love. AGE 8+

Dr Maggie’s Solar System Tour 

1-1.45pm / Holburne Museum / Tickets £7.50 / J11

Join space scientist Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock on an epic journey through the Solar System! Discover and visit the most magnificent sights and spectacles outer space has to offer, from planets and moons, to asteroids, comets and satellites. All this and more can be found on Dr Maggie’s interactive tour. AGE 7+. SPONSORED BY Bath Spa University  

 

Story Writing Masterclass with Christopher Edge 

1-2pm / Holburne Museum / Tickets £12 / J12

Want to discover how to write your best story ever?  Learn how in this fun, practical, creative writing masterclass with Christopher Edge, author of The Longest Night of Charlie Noon. From beating the fear of the blank page to crafting an attention-grabbing opening, discover the secrets to making great stories. AGE 8+. Parents/guardians can attend masterclasses for free if they wish to stay.

 

Exploring the Natural World  

1-1.45am / Bath Central Library / Tickets £6.50 / J13

Author and illustrator Sam Usher (Snow, Storm, Rain, Sun) takes us on an amazing adventure with his much-loved characters, Sam and his grandad. In Free, the first in a new quartet of enchanting picture books, they take care of a little bird and discover the wonder of the natural world. AGE 4+

 

Amelia Fang with Laura Ellen Anderson

2-2.45pm / Guildhall / Tickets £7.50 / J14

Go on a fangtastic adventure with this year’s brochure illustrator, author Laura Ellen Anderson. Meet a brave young vampire with the cutest pet pumpkin you’ll ever see, a yeti who dances elegantly and a grim reaper who’s scared of unicorns. A fun–filled session of stories, drawings and repugnant recipes! AGE 7+.  SPONSORED by Bath Spa University

 

War Stories: Hilary McKay and Michelle Magorian

2-2.45pm / Guildhall / Tickets £7.50 / J15

The loves and losses of a family growing up during World War One. The adventures of an evacuee at the beginning of World War Two. Hilary McKay (The Skylarks’ War) and Michelle Magorian (Goodnight Mister Tom) talk about their classic tales of war, summers and childhood. AGE 8+ 

 

Jacqueline Wilson

2.30-3.30pm / The Forum / Tickets £9.50 / J16

Join us for an hour with the Bath-born legend and much-loved author Jacqueline Wilson. Discover how she started her writing career, how she created some of her popular characters like Hetty Feather and Tracy Beaker as well as hearing about her new book, We Are the Beaker Girls. You will have the exclusive opportunity to purchase this book ahead of its national release date! AGE 9+

Jacqueline is unable to sign books after this event but printed book plates with her signature on will be available with every book bought from the festival bookshop.

SPONSORED BY Bath Business Improvement District

 

Where Are You? 

3-3.45pm / Masonic Hall / Tickets £10 (includes book) / J17

Join David Cadji-Newby and Marija Tiurina, the dynamic duo behind Wonderbly’s personalised search-and-find extravaganza, Where Are You? for a puzzle-tastic adventure. Enjoy live drawing and solve challenges as David and Marija introduce you to their crazy world. Your own personalised copy of Where Are You? is included in the ticket price! AGE 5+ 

 

Happy Birthday, Elmer!

3-3.45pm / Bath Central Library / Tickets £6.50 / J18

Filled with songs, fun and laughter – this is a storytelling session with a twist as we celebrate Elmer’s 30th Birthday! Hear the beloved story of Elmer the Patchwork Elephant brought to life, and then meet Elmer himself in a special meet-and-greet. AGE 3+

 

Clare Balding

4-4.45pm / Guildhall / Tickets £8 / J19

Join broadcaster and author Clare Balding on a galloping adventure through her new book – The Racehorse Who Learned to Dance. Two best friends find a way to make Polly’s equestrian dreams come true, and forge a new path for the racehorse who wouldn’t gallop? A heart-warming story of friendship. AGE 7+. SPONSORED BY Novia

 

I Am the Seed That Grew the Tree 

4-4.45pm / Guildhall / Tickets £7 / J20

Join illustrator Frann Preston-Gannon as she shares poems and illustrations from I Am the Seed That Grew the Tree, the award-winning book of nature poems for every day of the year. Draw inspiration from the world outside as Frann leads an illustration workshop, helping discover the power of poetry. AGE 7+

 

Circus Skills Masterclass   

4-5.30pm / The Forum: Ballroom / Tickets £15 / J21

Join star of Giffords Circus and circus performer, Lil Rice, in this physical theatre masterclass. Lil will introduce you to solo and group acrobatics, exploring the magic of circus and physical performance, and help you discover the secret to bringing dazzling and breath-taking performance to the stage or, indeed, the circus tent! Participants should wear clothing they can move freely in. Ages 13-16+

 

Stories with Kipper 

4.30-5.15pm / Bath Central Library / Tickets £7 / J22

Join storyteller Liz Fost and have fun with everyone’s favourite dog, Kipper! There will be stories, songs, games and much more – all based on these much-loved books. Watch out for a special guest appearance by Kipper creator Mick Inkpen who will tell you all about how he writes and draws his books. Age 3+

 

Liz Pichon 

5-6pm / Forum / Tickets £9.50 / J23

Say hello to Liz Pichon – awesome author of Tom Gates! Joined on stage by Blue Peter’s Lindsey Russell, this is your chance to ask Liz a question about anything to do with Tom Gates. There’ll also be a snack based quiz, readings from the latest Tom Gates book, excellent doodling and more! AGE 7+. SPONSORED BY Novia

 

Bryony Gordon: You Got This! 

5-6pm / Masonic Hall / Tickets £8 / J24

Bryony Gordon talks all about her first book for teens and shares crucial life lessons she wishes someone had taught her. This interactive, thought-provoking and esteem-boosting event is for every teenage girl. The most powerful thing you can be when you grow up is yourself. Teen

 

All About Doctor Who 

6-7pm / Guildhall / Tickets £8 / J25

Are you a fan of Doctor Who? Join two universally-acclaimed Whovians – author David Solomons (The Secret in Vault 13, The Maze of Death) and cosplayer Christel Dee (The Women Who Lived: Amazing Tales for Future Time Lords) – as they talk Tardis, discuss Daleks and revel in the joy of everything Doctor Who. AGE 9+ 

 

Frances Hardinge

6.15-7pm / Guildhall / Tickets £7.50 / J26

Acclaimed author Frances Hardinge talks about her amazing books and her unique writing style – and how her life has changed since winning the Costa Award for The Lie Tree. Her new book, Deeplight, is a macabre story of friendship as deep and dangerous as the ocean. AGE 10+. SPONSORED BY Royal High School

 

Sun 6 Oct

Oi! It’s Kes Gray and Jim Field 

10-10.45am / Guildhall / Tickets £6.50 / K1

Oi Frog and friends are back- and this time they’re trying to control a pack of unruly puppies who just… will not… sit! Join the creators behind the Oi! books phenomenon, awesome author Kes Gray and incredible illustrator Jim Field, for a hilarious interactive event based on Oi Puppies! AGE 4+

 

Cerrie Burnell

10-10.45am / Guildhall / Tickets £7.50 / K2

The author and former CBeebies presenter Cerrie Burnell presents her magical new novel – The Girl with the Shark’s Teeth. It stars Minnow, a girl with incredible underwater ability who is different from other girls in her town. Hear fascinating shark facts along with top storytelling and creative writing tips. AGE 7+ 

 

Introducing… Sophie Dahl

11-11.45am / Masonic Hall / Tickets £7.50 / K3

Join author, journalist and presenter Sophie Dahl as she presents her debut children’s book, Madame Badobedah. Meet Mabel, who lives with her parents in The Mermaid Hotel, where a mysterious and glamorous guest has just checked in. Is she, as Mabel believes, a supervillain? This timeless story celebrates friendship and the imagination.  AGE 6+. SPONSORED by Woolley Grange

 

Moomin Make and Do 

11-11.45am / Bath Cricket Club / Tickets £6.50 / K4

Join storyteller and crafter Liz Fost for some Moomin magic. You will make and take home two gorgeous Moomin goodies from the Moomin Craft Book, and step into the magical world of these crazy creatures with readings from Adventures in Moominvalley. AGE 7+

 

Imagining Worlds with Jamie Littler 

11-11.45am / Holburne Museum / Tickets £7 / K5

In a snow-covered icy tundra where monsters rule, would-be song weaver Ash and his cantankerous yeti caretaker seek passage on the Frostheart: a ship-like sleigh whose mission is to explore faraway lands. Join Jamie Littler on this fantastic new adventure and get top tips on how to draw pictures for your stories, too. AGE 7+

 

Nell Gifford and the Circus of Dreams  

12-1pm / Guildhall / Tickets £7.50 / K6

Meet owner and producer of Gifford’s Circus Nell Gifford talking to circus star and slapstick legend, Tweedy! Nell will talk about her new picture book and share stories and insider secrets from behind the scenes at the big top. Come along for fun and laughter. AGE 4+

SPONSORED BY Bath Spa University

 

Samurai Warrior: Chris Bradford

12-12.45pm / Guildhall / Tickets £7.50 / K7

Ever been to a Chris Bradford event before?  They’re unforgettable! It’s an immersive live experience like no other. Hear Chris launch his new book, The Return of Warrior, following our hero Jack as he searches for his sister and find out if you have what it takes to become a Samurai. AGE 8+

 

The Phoenix Story Comic: Live! 

1-1.45pm / Masonic Hall / Tickets £7.50 / K8

Far away in the icy wastes of Antarctica lives a warm and cuddly, kind-hearted penguin who only wants to do good in the world…NOT! This is no ordinary penguin! This is…EVIL EMPEROR PENGUIN! Join Laura Ellen Anderson for some cute minions drawing and design your very own villain’s movie poster. AGE 6+

 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

1-1.45pm / Bath Cricket Club / Tickets £6.50 / K9

Eric Carle’s beloved picture book classic tells the story of one of nature’s most marvellous transformations. Join us for a fun, interactive storytelling session and some caterpillar crafting as we celebrate its 50th anniversary. AGE 3+. SPONSORED BY Royal High School

 

Sophy Henn: Lifesize 

1-1.45pm / Holburne Museum / Tickets £6.50 / K10

High-five a polar bear, see eye-to-eye with a giant squid, compare your nostrils with a Diplodocus and much more. Young animal lovers can see how they measure up to some of the world’s most amazing animals and dinosaurs. Join Sophy Henn for a Lifesize adventure, fun facts and draw-along. AGE 4+

 

Robin Stevens 

2-2.45pm / Guildhall / Tickets £8 / K11

Join Robin Stevens, author of the award-winning Murder Most Unladylike series, for mysteries, detection and bun breaks. Robin will share tips and tricks on how to write a great crime story and reveal the inspiration behind her detective duo Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong. Help create and solve a mystery of your own. AGE 9+

Meet Ronan Boyle: Boy Adventurer 

2-2.45pm / Guildhall / Tickets £7.50 / K12

Join American author and actor Thomas Lennon (Night at the Museum, Monster Trucks) as he shares his hilarious new book Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles. Ronan is recruited into a secret police force that deals with the misdeeds of numerous magical creatures! Come along for magical mayhem, comedy and action.

AGE 8+

 

Helen Skelton: Wild Girl 

3-3.45pm / Masonic Hall / Tickets £7.50 / K13

Calling wild explorers everywhere! Join TV presenter and world record breaker Helen Skelton and be inspired by incredible stories from kayaking the length of the Amazon to cycling the South Pole. Fun, inspirational and empowering, you’ll leave feeling fearless and ready to unleash your inner adventurer.

AGE 7+

 

My Little Pony 

3-3.45pm / Cricket Club / Tickets £6.50 / K14

Discover your pony name and join Rosie Tells Tales for an adventure in the land of Equestria. Step into the Golden Oak Library for a colourful celebration of imagination and friendship in an interactive event for everypony. Crank up that Pony Power and let your inner pony shine! AGE 3+

 

Watch Out for Horrid Henry!

4-4.45pm / Guildhall / Tickets £7 / K15

The number one for fiendish fun is back! Join Horrid Henry author Francesca Simon to find out what Henry gets up to in his latest collection of mischievous and brilliantly funny adventures Up, Up and Away. This is a Perfect Peter of an event for Horrid Henry fans of all ages. AGE 5+

 

Fantasy Stories: P.G. Bell and Catherine Fisher

4-4.45pm / Guildhall / Tickets £7.50 / K16

A journey where there’s magic at every stop. Grumpy trolls, snow, stars and a mysterious package in a frost-bound country mansion. Join authors P.G. Bell (The Train to Impossible Places) and Catherine Fisher (The Clockwork Crow) to hear about their dazzling stories and what is coming next on their adventures. AGE 8+

 

Frank Cottrell Boyce and Garth Jennings 

5-5.45pm / Masonic Hall / Tickets £7.50 / K17

Are you an aspiring writer? Would you like to know what showbiz is really like? Meet two award-winning literary geniuses of books and films as Frank Cottrell-Boyce and Garth Jennings team up to discuss their new books, Runaway Robot and The Good, the Bad and the Deadly 7. AGE 8+

 

Turning into Chickens

5 -5.45pm / Bath Cricket Club / Tickets £7 / K18

Charlie McGuffin has an incredible secret – he can change into animals. A flea, a pigeon, a chicken, even a T-Rex! Trouble is, he can’t decide when! You won’t want to miss Sam Copeland reveal all about his hilarious books – especially as they’re about poo and wee and scrapes and adventures. AGE 7+Creative Writing for Adults 

 

If you are a new or aspiring author working on picture books or middle grade story ideas, come and learn some of the techniques you will need to take your writing to the next level. Masterclass sessions with authors Michelle Robinson and Lucy Strange will guide you on the next steps of your journey to becoming a published author. You can also join Liz Cross and Julia Green as they share what it feels like to finally see your work in print.

 

Monday 30 September 

Writing Picture Books with Michelle Robinson 

2.30-5pm / Guildhall / Tickets £40 / L1

Join bestselling author Michelle Robinson for a masterclass on writing picture books. Bring along your ideas and get advice on developing great storylines, strong characters and perfecting your structure. Come along to hear more about Michelle’s journey and get advice and tips to sharpen your technique and gaining more confidence to let your imagination fly.

 

Tuesday 1 October

Writing Middle Grade with Lucy Strange 

2.30-5pm / Guildhall / Tickets £40 / L2

If you’re writing fiction for children ages 8 – 12, join Lucy Strange as she guides you through the essential elements of the writing process. From tips on crafting characters to insider advice on weaving the perfect plot, Lucy will share knowledge from her own publishing journey to help you go away inspired and ready to make your stories sing

 

My Editor & Me: Liz Cross and Julia Green 

6.30-7.30pm / Guildhall / Tickets £10 / L3

Come and hear Liz Cross – Children’s Publisher at Oxford University Press – in conversation with award winning author Julia Green. They’ll talk about the ups and downs of the editorial process from manuscript to publication and discuss the author’s creative process. This promises to be an insightful and inspirational event for authors and aspiring writers alike.

Book both creative writing events with Michelle Robinson and Lucy Strange for £70 (saving £10). Use Code: AdultWriting.

 

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