Schools Events 2016
Authors we've brought to BookFest for students have included Michael Rosen, Benjamin Zephaniah, George The Poet, Michael Morpurgo, Jacqueline Wilson, Malorie Blackman and Frank Cotterill Boyce. Teachers intersted in attending events in 2017 please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The events below took place in 2016 and give a taster of schools events at Wimbledon BookFest.
Carol Ann Duffy - Monday 3rd October 2016
And her court musician
Carol Ann Duffy’s combination of tenderness and toughness, humour and lyricism, unconventional attitudes and conventional forms, has earned her a wide audience of readers and listeners. Here, the Poet Laureate and winner of numerous literary awards discusses and reads poetry from her acclaimed collections, accompanied as ever by her musical collaborator John Sampson.
This event will be followed by the senior prize giving for the BookFest Young Writers’ Competition.
A.F Harrold - Tuesday 4th October 2016
Fizzlebert Stump and the Great Supermarket Showdown
At this fun-packed event, the hugely entertaining Harrold presents the hilarious Fizzlebert Stump in his newest story. When the ringmaster sells Fizz’s circus to the mysterious Mr Pinkbottle, disaster strikes! All the acts who aren’t fired are forced to work in his supermarket. Discover how the sealions and trapeze artists get on in this hilarious event!
David Baddiel - Tuesday 4th October 2016
A funny and touching adventure
A thrilling, funny, touching new adventure unveiled in a highly enjoyable event from the comedian and author of The Person Controller and The Parent Agency (the biggest selling children’s debut in 2014), confirming Baddiel as an original and brilliant new voice in children’s fiction.
Child of the Divide - Wednesday 5th October 2016
A gripping and vitally relevant story of love, loss and identity, set in 1947 during India’s partition. Sudha Bhuchar’s remarkable play for children tells the story of Pali, a five-year-old boy accidentally left behind when his Hindu family flee Pakistan. This preview performance comes ahead of the return of the show to the Polka Theatre in 2017.
Morning & Afternoon
Beatrix Potter - Wednesday 5th October 2016
Celebrate her 150th anniversary
Jump right inside Miss Potter’s most famous published story, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, and see how it really feels to step into the shoes of a bestselling author! Children will be treated to a live narration by a professional storyteller, and will then take part in a number of themed activities, before everyone goes home with an exclusive Peter Rabbit notebook to help with their budding writing career.
WILLIAM MORRIS TENT
Santa Montefiore with Illustrator Kate Hindley - Thursday 6th October 2016
The Royal Rabbits of London
The Royal Rabbits of London is the first in a beautifully illustrated new series, showing that even the smallest rabbit can turn out to be a big hero. Shylo has always been the smallest and quietest of all his family, but when he discovers a conspiracy against the Royal family, it’s up to him to travel to London, leap into action and convince everyone that the Queen is in danger.
Michelle Paver - Thursday 6th October 2016
The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness & Gods and Warriors
Local Wimbledon author of the bestselling Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series, and Gods and Warriors, Michelle discusses the inspiration and research for her gripping and beautifully written work and talks about transporting her readers to a world steeped in natural magic and spectacular adventure.
Gemma Malley - Thursday 6th October 2016
Book Clubs for Schools
Author of dystopian thrillers for older children, The Declaration, the Returners and The Disappearances, Gemma Malley BookFest talks about the brilliant reading for pleasure project Book Club for Schools - wwwbookclubsinschools.org.
An enormous fan of To Kill a Mockingbird, Gemma Malley will reveal how book club for schools work, what they involve and why you should get involved!
WILLIAM MORRIS TENT
David O'Doherty & Chris Judge - Friday 7th October 2016
School of Danger
Award-winning comedian O’Doherty and illustrator Judge team up for a side-splittingly funny event celebrating their newest book.
Come and discover what to do if a shark comes out of the loo or a volcano erupts underneath your house. This event will have you laughing (very safely) from start to finish.
Caroline Lawrence- Friday 7th October 2016
Roman Quests: Escape from Rome
Brilliant bestselling author Caroline Lawrence presents the first book in her exciting brand new historical adventure series set in Roman Britain and packed with authentic historical detail. Caroline’s previous Roman Mysteries series has sold over a million copies and was the inspiration for a children’s BBC series.
This event will be followed by the junior prize giving for the BookFest Young Writers’ Competition.