Once again, for 2018, Stratford Literary Festival has put together a packed programme of events for children which includes some of the most famous names in children’s books. With events taking place between 22nd and 28th April, and a special Children’s Day on Sunday 29th April, the line-up includes TV’s Harry Hill, multi-million selling Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler, creator of the highly-acclaimed bestseller Lost Words Jackie Morris, and the multi best-seller Cathy Cassidy.
Illustrator James Mayhew will be bringing to life the charming Knight Who Took All Day and exploring Mrs Noah’s Pockets with Jackie Morris. Workshops this year include the chance to make some of Aardman’s great characters Gromit, Shaun the Sheep and Early Man, and they’ll be interactive storytelling with Emma Yarlett. There’ll be plenty to enjoy with A Tiger Who Came to Tea Tea Party to celebrate the much-loved Judith Kerr Story.
For the first time in Stratford, the CBeebies BAFTA award-winnning Sarah & Duck will be coming to town on Thursday 26th April with the Big Top Birthday stage show – a delight for children. Playbox Theatre joins the Festival again with a Mustardseed Magical Mayhem drama workshop, and welcome back this year is Riverside Theatre who bring to life The Owl Who was Afraid of The Dark.
The Festival will also be celebrating the publication of the children’s book, Luna and The Moon Rabbit by Camille Whitcher, which won the inaugural 2018 Stratford Lit Fest/Salariya Book Company Prize – the first prize collaboration of its kind between a Festival and a publisher. Come along and make dandelion clocks that turn into stars!
The Festival will be asking everyone which author they’d most like to have dinner with and there’ll be a pop-up shop and café in place throughout the Festival, with music and free events for pre-schoolers throughout the Festival week from 9.30am-11am with Evgenia Golubeva, Sian Sutor, Julie de Bastion and Kate Coleman’s Storytree running free workshops and story-telling events.
‘Hopefully there’s something for everyone this year,’
says Festival Director Annie Ashworth,
‘whether you love drama, making things or listening to stories to transport you into your imagination. Events for 2018 are suitable for all ages and we’re going to have loads of fun!’
The 2018 Stratford Literary Festival brings with it a mix of TV and radio stars, award-winning authors, and respected thinkers in a packed and varied programme of events.
Running from 22 to 29th April 2018 at Stratford ArtsHouse, events at this the 11th Festival will include discussion and debate around some of today’s hottest topics – from post truth to the #MeToo campaign, the far right to the threat to nature in the UK, the place of women in 21st century Britain to what it means to be British, and even how we deal with death in a denial society.
The Festival also celebrates great writers including Mary Shelley, important anniversaries – notably a special event marking the words and music that emerged from the First World War with Dame Harriet Walter – and some of the most exciting and acclaimed authors writing today. Meet Costa winner Jon McGregor, best-seller Tim Marshall, Gavin & Stacey creator Ruth Jones, MPs Harriet Harman and Jess Philips commenting on 100 years of Women’s Suffrage, Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine and Simon Mayo, BBC’s John Tusa, Dr Rangan Chatterjee, Peter Snow and his wife Ann McMillan; acclaimed authors Rose Tremain and Simon Scarrow, and the multi-award-winning food writer Diana Henry, amongst many others.
Chairing some events will be the hugely experienced interviewers Libby Purves and Jane Garvey. The line-up also includes poets Don Paterson, Wendy Cope and Robert Minhinnick, and some superb debuts that will be the best-sellers of tomorrow.