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  1. THE BATH FESTIVAL ANNOUNCE PROGRAMME OF FREE ENTERTAINMENT FOR FAMILIES

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    The Bath Festival, which will see some of the biggest names in literature and music appearing in venues across Bath from 19 to 28 May, has just announced their programme of free entertainment for families during the festival week. There will be a variety of free creative workshops and circus skills classes, plus live music, theatre and poetry performances by local students and young people. Workshops will be booked on a first come, first served basis so arrive early to avoid disappointment.

    All of these activities will take place in Queen Square, Milsom Street, Southgate, Kingsmead Square, Old Bond Street and at the festival hub on Alfred Street from 10 – 5pm on 20, 21, 25, 26, 27 & 28 May

    Highlights by day

    Friday 19th May, 6pm to 11.30pm

    The festival kicks off with Party in the City on 19th May, Bath’s biggest night of free music, which will see over 2,000+ performer entertaining people across the city to celebrate the opening of the festival. The streets, parks and venues of Bath with be filled with a multitude of arts from electro-swing to cheerleading to Chinese shadow-puppetry. The city will come alive with folk, rock, classical, jazz, acoustic, swing and soul. See full listings

    Saturday 20th May, 10am to 5pm

    Kids can ‘Jump In’ to activities from 10am onwards in Alfred Street by helping to build a coral reef and underwater world inspired by their imaginations and the sea creatures in this creative space. Edwina Bridgeman will help children create their own sea creatures using recycled and reclaimed materials at 11am, 2pm and 4pm.

    Flies Fly Away (aka Louis Campbell) will perform at 2pm in Kingsmead Square. Louis’ roots are in traditional folk music but he definitely has a modern electronic sound that will appeal to fans of alternative music. Indie Pop, R&B singer and songwriter, Ollie Ciaran, will follow with an array of original songs with a few covers that everyone will recognise at 2.45pm. See the full listings of free events for 20 May

    Southgate Stage will be packed with a variety of poets such as Rhyme and Reason who will perform at 11.45am.  They are a poetry collective who produce live spoken word poetry events across the South West. Look out for The Shuks from Bath Spa University at 2.30pm.  They’re a raw, powerful and dissonant post punk band inspired by the likes of The Pixies, Sonic Youth and The Clash. RSC commissioned, previous Glastonbury Slam Champion, Toby Thompson will take to the stage at 3.30pm.  He’s a regular on the festivals and events scene having appeared at WOMAD, Shambala, Cheltenham Literature, Leipzig Book Fair (Germany), Harare International Festival Of The Arts (Zimbabwe) and the Natural History Museum. Not forgetting The Supernatural Disco Band at 4.15pm who’ll perform dance floor classics, taking inspiration from New York clubs of the 70s such as Larry Levan’s Paradise Garage, Studio 54 and The Loft.  If you love the recent Netflix hit ‘The Get Down’, you’ll love this.

    Sunday 21st May, 10am to 5pm

    On Alfred Street, Meridian Duo will run workshops that allow children to experience story through live music at 11am, 2pm and 4pm. They will listen to magical stories, set to music on marimba and percussion, and get involved in playing, singing, acting and dancing to bring these tales to life.

    Hot Steppers, the Moorland Road all-female Morris dancing group, will perform in Kingsmead Square at 11.30am and 3.30pm. Sam Eason, a prolific singer-songwriter inspired by the likes of Bob Dylan and James Taylor, is on at 2pm.  An emerging talent, his songs will pull at the heart-strings.

    Just 3 Harmony Trio, who have been described as a ‘Pitch Perfect’ vocal harmony group, will sing passionate renditions of pop and soul numbers on the Southgate Stage at 1.15pm. 4th Project close at 3.30pm with their soulful vocals, electric guitar and live electronics which reflect their love of trip hop, soul, pop, electronic dance music and 90s R’n’B! See the full listings of free events for Sunday 21 May

    Thursday 25th & Friday 26th May, 10am to 5pm

    The Bath Spa Performance Poets will perform on Old Bond Street on both days at 1.15pm and throughout the festival. A number of schools will perform on the Southgate Stage: Twerton Infants School and St Michaels Primary School at 12.30pm on 25th; Oldfield Park Junior School at 11am and Ubley Primary School at 12.30pm on 26th. City of Bath College will perform at various times on both days.

    See the full listings of free events for Thursday 25 May.
    See the full listings of free events for Friday 26 May

    Saturday 27th May, 10am to 5pm

    Aaron Samuel will give the audience an outburst of raw, acoustic energy on Old Bond Street at 12.30pm. He’s 20 year old singer with an extraordinary ability to channel emotions into a tidal wave of words. Isobel Holly will also perform here at 3.30pm and despite her tender age, she has an enviable songwriting prowess that bonds engaging prose to memorable melody.

    Absorbed by Sound kick off the day on the Southgate Stage at 11am. They’re a small inclusive group of disabled and non disabled musicians who have come together to create, perform and record music using a wide range of music technology and traditional instruments. The Theatre Royal Bath Theatre School will present a work-in-progress sharing their brand new devised performance ‘Nothing to See Here’ at 2pm; and Saint Loe will close at 4.15pm with their nostalgic yet modern-day pop sound. See the full listings for free festival events on Saturday 27 May

    Sunday 28th May, 10am to 5pm      

    In Southgate, look out for Tea and Biscuits on stage at 2pm who comprise of quirky tea drinking solo artist Just Parsons and fingerstyle guitar player Ned Smith, they come to bring you a new take on acoustic music. They’re followed by We are the Parkas at 2.45pm who are one of Bath Spa University most promising bands, delivering indie music with lashings of rock and roll. Signe, a Bath based singer songwriter originally from Norway, will close at 3.30pm with her characteristic voice and melodic pop songs.

    At 12.30pm on Old Bond Street, group of students from Hayesfield School known as the Hayesfield Papernation Poets will perform an original piece of work created with spoken word artists, Rebecca Tantony and Maliaka Kegode.  This is a joint project between Bath Festivals and Paper Nations.

    The much loved Family Arts Day will take place once again in Parade Gardens between 11am and 3pm. It’s a great opportunity for families to explore music, art and creative writing. There’ll also be live music on the bandstand and a musical treasure hunt. See the full free festival event listings for Sunday 28 May

    Tickets to other events offered by The Bath Festival can be bought online at our What’s On pages

    –           Bath Box Office from 10.30am to 5pm

    –           Bath Box Office 01225 463362.

  2. #BATHKIDSLITFEST: WHERE ELSE DO YOU SEE PETER RABBIT AND DEREK LANDY ON THE SAME LINE UP?

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    So, it’s that time of year again –  The Telegraph Bath Children’s Literature Festival is almost upon us and the literary world is buzzing with excitement! The two week extravaganza is the perfect antidote to the blustery weather that signals the arrival of autumn, and this year I’m even more excited than usual.

    Little Stars

     

    I’ve been coming to the festival since I was a student at Bath Spa University, many (too many!) moons ago and I’m not quite sure how they do it, but the line up gets bigger and better every year. One of my greatest Bath Kids Lit Festival moments was seeing Meg Rosoff, David Almond and Melvin Burgess on one spectacular panel, and the Michael Rosen event at the Forum a couple of years ago was another one I’ll always remember.

    Patrick Ness

     

    This year I’m most looking forward to seeing Jacqueline Wilson and Patrick Ness, as well as heading to see Judith Kerr kick off the proceedings on the Festival’s opening night. Getting to see three of the greatest authors of all time within the space of a fortnight? Yes please.

    It’s such a wonderful opportunity for readers and writers to come together and celebrate the diversity of the kids lit world…and you don’t have to jump on a train to London to see some of your favourite authors, which is always a nice change! Bath has a booming community of book lovers and there’s such a lovely atmosphere around the festival that can’t be beaten by any other literary event. Plus, where else are you going to see Peter Rabbit and Derek Landy on the same line up?

    For the full 2015 programme click here, the 2015 Festival runs from Friday 25th September to Sunday 4th October. Bath Box Office 01225 463362

    This is a guest blog post by Writing from the Tub

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  3. #BATHKIDSLITFEST WAS THE FIRST LITERATURE FESTIVAL I EVER ATTENDED – WHO AM I KIDDING..

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    The Bath Kids Lit Festival was the first literature festival I ever attended – who am I kidding, it was the first festival of any kind I’ve ever attended.  I first popped along in 2013, in the festival’s 6th year having arranged to meet up with someone who I’d been trying to meet for well over a year.

    The festival became the first time I’d spoken to an author (in fact several) and the year it clicked that authors are people too, people that just so happen to have similar interests – the only real difference is they have the ability to craft stories that will take you on magical adventures, experience powerful emotions, make you cry and make you jump up and shout yes! And there lies the beauty of the Bath Kids Lit Fest, in it’s 9th year it’s still making it possible to meet your favourite authors and listen to what they have to say, bringing in the well known authors like Jacqueline Wilson, James Dawson and Holly Smale.

    As well as showcasing new and upcoming talent – I’m particularly looking forward to for instance Bath Picks: Sarah Benwell, Sarah Crossan and Virgina Bergin. And that’s not all – for aspiring writers there are panels about writing for young people and panels about Writing Doctor Who and for film.  Not to mention the Shaun the Sheep modelling workshops (had to give those a shout out!), Pugs from Sarah McIntyre and Philip Reeve, mystery and bun breaks from Elen Caldetcott and Robin Stevens.

    This years programme is so good the only downside is how you’re going to fit it all in!

    Echoing the online UKYA and UKMG communities the Bath Kids Lit Fest brings together a passionate group of people in a celebration of children’s literature.  Readers (both young and not so), writers, illustrators, publishers – in fact anyone with an interest in children’s publishing and books will find something for them. All set in and around the beautiful buildings like the Guildhall which make Bath and the Telegraph Bath Children’s Literature Festival such a special and exciting place to be.

    Jesse Owen

    To follow Jesse’s twitter the visit https://twitter.com/ThatJesseBloke

    or visit his website on http://www.thatjessebloke.co.uk/

     

  4. A fantastic line-up of YA Authors confirmed for the Telegraph Bath Children’s Literature Festival

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    This year’s festival, running from 25 September to 4 October has pulled out all the stops to ensure there’s plenty over the 10 day festival to involve and interest the Bath teen audiences. Here’s a brief round-up of some of the events:

    Double Carnegie medal winner Patrick Ness, author of A Monster Calls and the Chaos Walking trilogy will talk about his experiences as a writer as well as sharing his latest novel, The Rest of Us Just Live Here.

    Joe Sugg is a YouTube Star with over 4 million subscribers and he’s coming to Bath to discuss his first book, Username: Evie, an original and imaginative graphic novel. Ticket price will include a signed copy of the book and there’ll also be a chance for 50 fans chosen randomly on the night to meet Joe in person.

    Acclaimed YA authors James Dawson and Hayley Long appear in a frank, funny, straight talking event about all things teen.

    Holly Smale is Young Adult Waterstones Children’s Book Prize winner and creator of the bestselling Geek Girl books. Come and hear all about All That Glitters, the latest calamity-strewn adventure starring Harriet Manners.

    On an exclusive visit from the US, bestselling author Jennifer Donnelly joins us to talk about the third book in the Waterfire Saga, Dark Tide whilst three amazing authors Arabella Weir, Jenny McLachlan and Katy Birchall talk about the amusing and peculiar perils of being a modern day teen as well as confessing some of their own teen misadventures.

    Master storyteller Derek Landy has built a loyal following of devoted Skullduggery Pleasant fans. He’s written a new and epic saga, Demon Road, full of his trademark action, wit and razor sharp dialogue. Come prepared for undead serial killers, vampires and killer cars!

    Sheila Rance has written a stunning fantasy adventure called Sun Catcher and will be running a masterclass in creative writing and world building – this is your chance to turn the ideas in your mind into reality on the page.

    Joe Abercrombie and Philip Reeve, two young adult storytellers at the top of their craft, transport you into two incredible worlds in turns brutal, fantastical and amazing.

    Fancy yourself as a bit of a Hunger Games expert? Join the eccentric host Caesar Flickerman for the ultimate Hunger Games quiz. Test your knowledge of the books and pit yourself against the other in Panem for the chance to win some fantastic prizes. Not to be missed.

    And a whole host of other events including Diversity: The Daily Telegraph Debate with Lorna Bradbury and Liz Kessler and Bali Rai and An Appreciation of Children’s Literature.

    And Gill McLay introduces Sarah Crossan, Sarah Benwell and Virginia Bergin all exciting new young adult authors.

    You can book tickets for all events by telephone 01225 463362, online at www.bathfestivals.org.uk or in person at the Bath Box Office.

     

  5. #BATHKIDSLITFEST GENERAL BOOKING IS NOW OPEN

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    THE 9th TELEGRAPH BATH CHILDREN’S LITERATURE FESTIVAL
    Friday 25 September – Sunday 4 October 2015

    THE LARGEST DEDICATED CHILDREN’S LITERATURE FESTIVAL IN THE UK TEN DAYS and OVER 120 EVENTS FEATURING THE BIGGEST NAMES IN CHILDREN’S LITERATURE

    INCLUDING:

    * Julia Donaldson * Cressida Cowell *Jacqueline Wilson *Michael Rosen *Judith Kerr *Francesca Simon *Axel Scheffler *Frank Cottrell Boyce *Julian Clary *Sam & Mark  *Andy Day and new Waterstones 2015-2017 Children’s Laureate *Chris Riddell

    Festival Online Brochure

    Full 2015 Telegraph Bath Children’s Literature Festival events line-up

    The Telegraph Bath Children’s Literature Festival, the largest dedicated children’s book festival in the UK, is now in its 9th spectacular year. This is a festival bursting at the seams with vibrant activity for children of all ages, their families and friends.

    Original founders of the festival, JOHN AND GILL MCLAY are back as Artistic Directors with a world-class line up to thrill book lovers from pre-school to teen and beyond. They say:

    We are delighted to be returning as Artistic Directors of the Bath Children’s Literature Festival with our best line-up since our first festival 8 years ago. We’ve had a lot of fun putting this jam-packed schedule of events together with the biggest names, the best authors and the most brilliant illustrators. We hope our ever-increasing family audience enjoys their visit to Bath and will be back for our 10th Anniversary in 2016’.

    CHILDREN’S LITERATURE FESTIVAL: 2015

    THE BEST AUTHORS WRITING FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AND TEENS

    including:

    • The UK’s best selling author, former Children’s Laureate and festival favourite JULIA DONALDSON returns to Bath with illustrator LYDIA MONKS to reveal What the Ladybird Heard Next.
    • Bath born DAME JACQUELINE WILSON with a sneak preview of her new book Little Stars, the fifth title about Victorian foundling, Hetty Feather: now a CBBC series.
    • CRESSIDA COWELL and the latest in her massively successful series How To Train Your Dragon.
    • Together for the first time, renowned poet, performer, broadcaster and scriptwriter MICHAEL ROSEN and newly appointed Children’s Laureate and creator of Goth Girl CHRIS RIDDELL, with their new Poetry Collection, A Great Big Cuddle.
    • FRANCESCA SIMON with her last ever Horrid Henry

     Plus: Screen writer and novelist Frank Cottrell Boyce; The Boy in Striped Pyjamas author John Boyne, Horror heavyweights Darren Shan and Charlie Higson; Teen author Patrick Ness; performance poet, comedian, musician and songwriter John Hegley… and many, many more.

    CLF 2015: THE BEST ILLUSTRATORS

    including:

    • Illustrator, author and political cartoonist and the new Waterstones Children’s Laureate 2015-2017 CHRIS RIDDELL
    • This year’s cover artist BEN CORT, illustrator of the best selling picture book Aliens Love Underpants and
    • The legendary JUDITH KERR Creator of classic picture books including The Tiger who came to Tea, who will discuss her life’s work and new book, Mr Cleghorn’s Seal with JULIA ECCLESHARE.
    • Award-winning Gruffalo artist AXEL SCHEFFLER
    • Much loved author and illustrator HELEN OXENBURY (We’re Going on A Bear Hunt)
    • MICHAEL FOREMAN regular collaborator with Michael Morpurgo and Terry Jones
    • Horrible Histories’ MARTIN BROWN
    • Award winning illustrator and creator of Dirty Bertie DAVID ROBERTS …and many, many more.

    CLF2015:   THE BEST EVER LINE UP OF TV AND INTERNET NAMES WRITING FOR CHILDREN AND TEENS

    Including:

    • Internet phenomenon, vlogger and author JOE SUGG .
    • Comedian and novelist JULIAN CLARY who will introduce his fabulous new book, The Bolds, with illustrations by DAVID ROBERTS
    • SAM NIXON and MARK RHODES –CBBC presenters Sam and Mark.
    • ANDY DAY CBEEBIES Wildlife and animals specialist.
    • CBEEBIES presenter CERRIE BURNELL.
    • Comedians ARABELLA WEIR and DAVID BADDIEL and many, many more.

    CLF 2015: FAMILY FAVOURITES AND ALL THE BIGGEST BRANDS

    Including:

    HARRY POTTER; WIMPY KID; STAR WARS; PEPPA PIG; THE HUNGER GAMES; SHAUN THE SHEEP; PETER RABBIT;

    THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE;  HORRIBLE HISTORIES and TOPSY AND TIM.

    CLF 2015:

    Celebrating 150th Anniversary of Alice in Wonderland.

    This year’s KIDS BIG BATH READ will be Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, which celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2015. The festival is sprinkled with Alice-themed events:

    • A series of creative summer workshops,
    • Dreams, darkness, white rabbits and Mad Hatters : CATHY CASSIDY introduces her own modern day version of Lewis Carroll’s classic.
    • A Special anniversary event: ILLUSTRATING ALICE IN WONDERLAND

    Three award winning artists: MICHAEL FOREMAN, GRAHAME BAKER-SMITH and HELEN OXENBURY, who have all illustrated modern editions of Alice in Wonderland, tell how they decided to draw Alice’s wonderful world.

    • ALICE IN WONDERLAND STORY TELLING for all ages from pre-school to teens.

    With a full school’s programme, workshops and master classes on everything from Shaun the Sheep model making to writing film scripts and creating cartoons; panel events and debates; storytelling sessions for pre school children and BATH PICKS, a brand new initiative to introduce the brightest new talent in the children’s book world, The Telegraph Bath Children’s Literature Festival 2015 is the biggest and the best it’s ever been.

    Cover illustration by BEN CORT and other images available on request.

    The full programme is available to view online  www.bathfestivals.org.uk

    BECOME A FRIEND: BENEFIT FROM PRIORITY BOOKING AND TICKET DEALS

    Call 01225 462231 or contact development@bathfestivals.org.uk

    Friends booking from 26 June

    General booking from 6 July

    The Telegraph Bath Children’s Literature Festival runs from Friday 25 September – Sunday 4 October 2015. Ticket prices range from £3 – £14.