Get ready for the Children's Festival!

Inspiring your children's love of reading with a variety of authors, energetic storytelling and a barrel of laughs!

Fun-packed events

Little readers have lots of opportunities to talk to our authors. There will be terrific tales, creative crafts and fantastic facts! Celebrate the love of reading and inspire their imaginations with our line-up of children's events.


Sat, 23 Oct 2021
4.00pm - 5.00pm
Christy Lefteri returns to the Festival of Words to talk about Songbirds her heart-breaking follow-up to the million copy bestseller The Beekeeper of Aleppo.

The disappearance of a Sri Lankan nanny from her new life in Nicosia is the catalyst for an unexpected, moving journey through hidden lives and layered secrets in a mesmerising novel that puts real faces to the immigrant experience.

Set in her native Cyprus, Christy Lefteri has crafted a powerful, redemptive story of loss, of the triumph of the human spirit, and of the enduring love of a mother for her child.

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Poetry Competition

If you can say the words, you can write the words. Express yourself through poetry - whatever shape or form - and you could win £75! The competition is free to enter for all school aged children, with prizes for primary and secondary.

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