5 Family Picks at #cheltlitfest

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Looking for a fun family day out at The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival? We’ve asked our Family Programme Manager Loraine Evans to pick out 5 must-see Family events at this year’s Festival…

Kid Normal

Sunday 14 October, 10am – 11am.

“Radio 1 Breakfast Show DJ Greg James and Chris Smith presenting Kid Normal last year, was one of my favourite events so I asked them to come back for Kid Normal 2. Likely ingredients are dressing up, props, lots of audience participation, Super Zeroes and super villains!”

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A Secret Seven Adventure

Saturday 6 October, 10am – 11am.

“I loved Enid Blyton books when I was young and The Secret Seven mystery series was one of the best. But……. now it’s time to look behind the green door of the Secret Seven’s shed again! There is a new adventure to enjoy by the wonderfully warm and witty Pamela Butchart who’s writing for this age is spot on. I’m expecting, mystery, clues, friendship, foes and fun for young detectives and Mums and Dads who remember the originals.”

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Magnificent Magical Stories

Saturday 6 October, 5pm – 6pm.

“If your children like Harry Potter, world building, imagination, adventure, original ideas and curious characters then join us for Magnificent Magical Stories. Four first time authors share their writing secrets in this inspiring event for young readers and would be authors.”

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We Come Apart

Sunday 7 October, 6pm – 7pm.

“For older readers 12+ I heartily recommend We Come Apart. I am a massive fan of Sarah Crossan whose book One about conjoined twins had me in pieces. I read We Come Apart in one sitting. Simply could not put it down. The two characters in the book written alternately by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan are so real I felt I was right there with them and I can’t wait to hear how two writers who barely knew each other created this moving and intense novel.”

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The Quick Draw!

Sunday 13 October, 12pm – 1pm.

“If your kids love silly pictures, joining in, shouting out ideas, fast-paced, funny and utterly bonkers stuff and nonsense, then The Quick Draw! is the event for your family. Duelling authors Gary Northfield and Alex Milway draw to the death in this battle of the pens!”

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