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Family Fun for Toddlers to Teens at The Times & The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival 2018

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Look forward to an action-packed Family Programme this October with the greatest storytellers and illustrators in the land set to inspire and entertain toddlers to teens.

Highlights include… unmissable events for all the family with the phenomenal storyteller Philip Pullman, literary legend Jacqueline Wilson on the much anticipated My Mum Tracey Beaker and Michael Morpurgo who shares his remarkable new novel Flamingo Boy. Chris Riddell reveals the secrets behind illustrating JK Rowling’s fairytale classic The Beedle and the Bard and children’s comedian James Campbell finds the funny things in everything from sausage dogs to couscous.

Olympic cyclist Chris Hoy will introduce his action-packed series Flying Fergus, Anthony Horowitz brings the world’s greatest teenage spy – Alex Rider – back to Cheltenham, we celebrate ten ninja-tastic years of the Young Samurai with Chris Bradford, and no superpowers are required to join Greg James and Chris Smith for an action-packed Kid Normal event.

Laughter and music will prevail with the best-selling author of Mr Gum, Andy Stanton. Astrosaurs author Steve Cole will give a ukulele accompanied masterclass of secret writing tips and for those interested in word play wizardry, Joshua Seigal and Tongue Fu will bring their spoken word and poetry to life with dynamic, dazzling performances.

Much-loved characters will be celebrated with special storytelling sessions for Paddington, Judith Kerr’s Tiger and Winnie the Witch, and an introduction to the all-new Little Miss Inventor. Nick Sharratt will take the Cheltenham audience on an intergalactic adventure with his fabulous new picture-book You Choose in Space, Enid Blyton’s much-loved detective club The Secret Seven are back in a new mystery written by award-winning author Pamela Butchart and witness wonder and enchantment from Carnegie Medal winner Sally Gardner and fellow author Jessie Burton.

For some imagination training, the award-winning Spyder creator and illustrator of this year’s Family Programme brochure, Matt Carr, will reveal how to draw everyone’s favourite eight-legged agent, Tracey Corderoy will show how to make your own grumpy bear, and Chitra Soundar will be sharing her beautiful stories whilst Poonam Mistry helps children make their own stars and snowflakes.

Little ones will enjoy giggles galore with live storytelling and illustration from the super talented Polly Dunbar, some fabulous live drawing in a Tropical Terry interactive event with Jarvis, and BookTrust’s Writer-Illustrator in Residence Nadia Shireen will bring to life her latest characters in Billy and the Beast. The Cheltenham audience is also invited on an adventure with a girl, a bear and some very special shoes with Lydia Monks, the bestselling illustrator of Julia Donaldson’s What the Ladybird Heard stories.

For those interested in historical wonders, Dr Ben Garrod will use the most interactive and inspiring science to reveal amazing dinosaur discoveries, Peter Frankopan shares the fascinating story of The Silk Road, Kate Pankhurst will look at the incredible women who made history and Christopher Lloyd invites us on a roller coaster ride through the history of the world using 20 everyday objects.

There is also lots on the line-up for Young Adult (YA) fans, including a thriller panel with the best-selling US author E Lockhart and YA Prize Winner Will Hill, and Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan discuss We Come Apart, a novel told in verse, with fellow author Phil Earle.

More events to be announced in August as well as loads of free family fun on site and …around town too!


Further information can be found at Booking for Cheltenham Literature Festival opens to Members online at 1pm on Wednesday 29 August and to the general public at 1pm online on Wednesday 5 September.