Local children and teen authors will be inspiring local youngsters this summer at the first ever Children and Young People’s Book Festival at Malmesbury Library, from 1-5 August.
The inaugural festival, which offers literary events and activities for 0 to 18-year-olds, will include free sessions from authors such as Fleur Hitchcock, Laura James, Angie Morgan, Maudie Smith, Sharon Tregenza and Rachel Ward. All the events are free to attend, but pre-booking is essential as the sessions are expected to be popular.
The festival will also host creative writing sessions, a Harry Potter activity, a Peter Rabbit: Mischief and Mayhem event, the opportunity to meet a fire fighter, an appearance by Bookstart Bear, a bookshop and book signings.
John Thomson, Wiltshire Council cabinet member for libraries, said: “This new festival offers the perfect opportunity for children and young people in the Malmesbury area to be inspired by the people who create some of their favourite books.
“The event offers something for all ages over the course of the week, and we hope to welcome many more visitors, including young people and new members to the library.”
During the festival, 4 to 11-year-olds can also sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge, to read six books during the summer holiday period and collect stickers that will help the Animal Agents to crack the clues and solve a mystery. Find out more about the Summer Reading Challenge.
For more information on the Children and Young People’s Book Festival, and to book events, please call Malmesbury Library on 01666 823611.
The full Children and Young People’s Book Festival programme is available to download on the Wiltshire Council website.