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.


Tue, 5 Oct 2021
7.00pm - 8.00pm
A message from the Finnish embassy launches bestselling travel writer, Horatio Clare on a voyage around an extraordinary country and an unearthly place.

Aboard Icebreaker 'Otso', Horatio gets to know the men who make up her crew and explores Finland’s history and fascinating character. Surrounded by the extraordinary colours and conditions of a frozen sea, he also comes to understand something of the complexity and fragile beauty of ice, a near-miraculous substance which cools the planet, gives the stars their twinkle and may hold all our futures in its crystals.

This event will be held online, all you will need is a good internet connection and a computer, laptop or smartphone to watch the event on. To book your free place and be sent the details to watch, please provide your email address and we will send you the details on how to connect.

Price Free, booking essential
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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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