Friday 29 Sept - Sunday 8 Oct 2017

Bath Children’s Literature Festival 2017 – Europe’s largest dedicated children’s literature festival is coming soon…. Friday 29 September – Sunday 8 October 2017

How to Book
Bath Box Office 01225 463362 (open 10.30am- 5pm)
Online here – see listings below

Amongst the line-up is the UK’s Number One Bestselling author Julia Donaldson, best known for The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom and Stick Man; Liz Pichon, the multi-talented author and illustrator behind the Tom Gates series; much loved author and illustrator of the How To Train Your Dragon books, Cressida Cowell; Bath-born superstar, Jacqueline Wilson, best known for her books and CBBC series Tracy Beaker and Hetty Feather; and last but by no means least – actor, comedian and all round national treasure, Miranda Hart!

This year’s festival includes a plethora of authors, illustrators, comedy heroes, celebrities, radio stars and fantastic storytellers. Festival fans will also have the chance to see Michael Rosen, Francesca Simon, Chris Riddell, Eoin Colfer, Derek Landy, Harry Hill, Ade Edmonson, David Baddiel, Nadiya Hussain, Maggie Aderin-Pocock, Ben Faulks, Christian O’Connell, Greg James & Chris Smith and Gemma Cairney to name but a few of the highlights.

What's On

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Friday 29 September

Cressida Cowell – School Event
1:15 PM
2:15 PM
Prior Park College
£4
A1
Cressida Cowell
5:00 PM
6:00 PM
The Forum
£8
A2

Saturday 30 September

David Baddiel
10:00 AM
11:00 AM
Guildhall
£7.50
B1
Winnie the Pooh with Giles Andreae
10:00 AM
10:45 AM
Guildhall
£6.50
B2
Doodle Masterclass
10:30 AM
12:00 PM
Friends Meeting House
£15
B5
Julia Donaldson
10:30 AM
11:30 AM
The Forum
£8
B4
Kate DiCamillo
10:30 AM
11:15 AM
Widcombe Social Club
£6.50
B3
Star Wars with JAKe
11:45 AM
12:30 PM
Guildhall
£6.50
B6
Joking About with Dave Lowe
11:45 AM
12:30 PM
Guildhall
£6.50
B7
Mog Storytelling
11:45 AM
12:30 PM
Mission Theatre
£6
B8
Dylan! With Guy Parker-Rees
12:00 PM
12:45 PM
Widcombe Social Club
£6.50
B9
TV Writing Masterclass
1:00 PM
2:30 PM
Friends Meeting House
£15
B10
Dragons! With Jasper Fforde & Scarlett Thomas
1:30 PM
2:30 PM
Widcombe Social Club
£6.50
B13
The Phoenix Live!
1:30 PM
2:15 PM
Guildhall
£6.50
B11
Supersaurs
1:30 PM
2:30 PM
Guildhall
£6.50
B12
The Cat in the Hat
1:30 PM
2:15 PM
Mission Theatre
£6
B14
Liz Pichon
3:00 PM
4:00 PM
The Forum
£8
B16
Operation Ouch! With Dr Xand van Tulleken
3:15 PM
4:00 PM
Guildhall
£6.50
B15
Knightology with Dugald Steer
3:15 PM
4:00 PM
Guildhall
£6.50
B17
Animal Magic with Giles Andreae & Guy Parker-Rees
3:15 PM
4:00 PM
Widcombe Social Club
£6.50
B18
Amelia Fang with Laura Ellen Anderson
4:30 PM
5:30 PM
Mission Theatre
£6.50
B19
Lauren St John
4:45 PM
5:45 PM
Guildhall
£6.50
B20
Dinosaurium with Chris Wormell
4:45 PM
5:30 PM
Guildhall
£6.50
B21
Red Eye Horror with Alex Bell & Sharon Gosling
6:30 PM
7:30 PM
Guildhall
£6.50
B22

Sunday 01 October

Mr Men Storytime!
10:00 AM
10:45 AM
Guildhall
£6
C1
Alex T Smith
10:00 AM
10:45 AM
Guildhall
£6.50
C2
James Patterson’s Middle School: Live!
10:00 AM
10:45 AM
Widcombe Social Club
£6.50
C3
Football School
11:00 AM
12:00 PM
Alice Park (Meeting point on ticket)
£6.50
C5
Dinosaur Roar! With Paul Stickland
11:00 AM
12:30 PM
Widcombe Institute
£6.50
C4
Michael Rosen
11:45 AM
12:45 PM
Guildhall
£7.50
C7
Meet Fergal the Dragon
11:45 AM
12:30 PM
Guildhall
£6.50
C6
Stories That Matter
11:45 AM
12:45 PM
Widcombe Social Club
£6.50
C8
King Coo with Adam Stower
11:45 AM
12:30 PM
Mission Theatre
£6.50
C9
Pop-Up Masterclass
1:15 PM
2:15 PM
Widcombe Institute
£15
C10
Deadly Drawing with Horrible Histories
1:30 PM
2:30 PM
Guildhall
£7.50
C11
Introducing Radio Boy with Christian O’Connell
1:30 PM
2:30 PM
Guildhall
£6.50
C12
Here Comes Molly Mischief!
1:30 PM
2:15 PM
Widcombe Social Club
£6.50
C13
Grandads, Bears & Pianos with David Litchfield
1:30 PM
2:15 PM
Mission Theatre
£6.50
C14
Pop-Up Masterclass 2
3:00 PM
4:00 PM
Widcombe Institute
£15
C15
The Laugh Out Loud Funny Show
3:15 PM
4:15 PM
Guildhall
£7.50
C17
Introducing The Grotlyn with Benji Davies
3:15 PM
4:00 PM
Guildhall
£6.50
C16
Finding Gobi
3:15 PM
4:15 PM
Mission Theatre
£6.50
C18
History Girls with Emma Carroll & Eloise Williams
4:45 PM
5:45 PM
Guildhall
£6.50
C19
Chris Riddell
5:00 PM
6:00 PM
Guildhall
£6.50
C20

Monday 02 October

Chris Riddell – School Event
10:00 AM
10:45 AM
Guildhall
£4
D1
Medieval Mayhem with Philip Ardagh
11:30 AM
12:15 PM
Guildhall
£4
D2
Laura James
1:15 PM
2:00 PM
Guildhall
£4
D3
Creating Doctor Who with George Mann, Jonathan Morris, Cavan Scott & Mike Tucker
6:30 PM
8:00 PM
Guildhall
£7.50
D4

Tuesday 03 October

Writing Picture Books with Tessa Strickland
9:30 AM
12:00 PM
BRLSI
£40
E4
Kiran Millwood Hargrave
10:00 AM
10:45 AM
Guildhall
£4
E1
All Aboard with Alice Tait
10:30 AM
11:15 AM
BCURC
£5
E5
Sir Charlie Stinky Socks with Kristina Stephenson
11:30 AM
12:15 PM
Guildhall
£4
E2
Poetry Fun with Joshua Seigal
1:15 PM
2:00 PM
Guildhall
£4
E3
Drawing Masterclass with Joe Berger
4:30 PM
5:30 PM
Roman Baths
£12
E6
Novel Stories with Sally Gardner & Kiran Millwood-Hargrave
7:00 PM
8:00 PM
Guildhall
£7.50
E7

Wednesday 04 October

Writing Middle Grade with Joanna Nadin
9:30 AM
12:00 PM
BRLSI
£40
F4
Ben Faulks
10:00 AM
10:45 AM
Guildhall
£4
F1
That’s Not My Dragon
10:30 AM
11:30 AM
BCURC
£5
F5
The Demon Headmaster with Gillian Cross
11:30 AM
12:15 PM
Guildhall
£4
F2
Barry Loser with Jim Smith
1:15 PM
2:00 PM
Guildhall
£4
F3
Dance with Kimberly Wyatt
4:30 PM
5:15 PM
Guildhall
£6.50
F6
Award Winners with Gillian Cross, Alex Wheatle & Geraldine McCaughrean
7:00 PM
8:00 PM
Guildhall
£7.50
F7

Thursday 05 October

Writing YA with Clare Furniss
9:30 AM
12:00 PM
BRLSI
£40
G4
Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World
10:00 AM
10:45 AM
Guildhall
£4
G1
That’s Not My Dragon
10:00 AM
11:00 AM
St John’s Community Room, Peasedown St John
Tickets £4 (Adults ticketed but free)
G5
Grumpy Frog with Ed Vere
10:30 AM
11:15 AM
BCURC
£5
G6
John Agard
11:30 AM
12:15 PM
Guildhall
£4
G2
Lockwood & Co with Jonathan Stroud
1:15 PM
2:00 PM
Guildhall
£4
G3
Learning to Write for Young People with Jess Butterworth, Sarah Driver & Amy Wilson
7:00 PM
8:00 PM
Guildhall
£7
G7

Friday 06 October

Finding Animals with Nicola Davies
10:00 AM
10:45 AM
Guildhall
£4
H1
Phoenix Live!
11:30 AM
12:15 PM
Guildhall
£4
H2
Nadiya Hussain
4:30 PM
5:30 PM
Guildhall
£7.50
H3
Harry Potter with Jim Kay
6:30 PM
7:30 PM
Guildhall
£7.50
H4

Saturday 07 October

Kid Normal with Greg James & Chris Smith
10:00 AM
10:45 AM
Guildhall
£6.50
J1
Shifty McGifty & Slippery Sam Are Back!
10:00 AM
10:45 AM
Guildhall
£6.50
J2
Jacqueline Wilson
10:30 AM
11:30 AM
The Forum
£8
J4
Winnie The Witch Storytime
10:30 AM
11:15 AM
Widcombe Social Club
£6
J3
Roald Dahl’s Imagination Seekers
11:00 AM
12:00 PM
Mission Theatre
£10
J5
Animation Masterclass
11:00 AM
12:30 PM
Widcombe Institute
£15
J6
Moomins Mischief 1
11:00 AM
12:00 PM
Keynsham Community Space
£5
J7
Maggie Aderin-Pocock
11:45 AM
12:45 PM
Guildhall
£7.50
J8
The Dragonsitter
11:45 AM
12:30 PM
Guildhall
£6.50
J9
Mr Bunny’s Chocolate Factory
12:00 PM
12:45 PM
Widcombe Social Club
£6.50
J10
Roald Dahl’s Imagination Seekers 2
12:45 PM
1:45 PM
Mission Theatre
£10
J12
Moomins Mischief 2
12:45 PM
1:45 PM
Keynsham Community Space
£5
J11
Ade Edmondson
1:30 PM
2:15 PM
Guildhall
£7
J13
The Famous Five Show
1:30 PM
2:15 PM
Widcombe Social Club
£7
J14
The Royal Rabbits of London
1:30 PM
2:15 PM
Guildhall
£6.50
J15
Box Craft Masterclass with Jemma Westing
2:00 PM
3:30 PM
Widcombe Institute
£15
J16
Miranda Hart
2:45 PM
3:45 PM
The Forum
£15
J17
Roald Dahl’s Imagination Seekers 3
3:00 PM
4:00 PM
Mission Theatre
£10
J18
Cathy Cassidy in conversation with Katie Thistleton
3:15 PM
4:15 PM
Guildhall
£7
J19
Lara Williamson
3:15 PM
4:00 PM
Guildhall
£6.50
J20
Aliens Love Underpants with Ben Cort
3:15 PM
4:00 PM
Widcombe Social Club
£6.50
J21
Harry Potter Quiz
5:00 PM
6:00 PM
Guildhall
£7
J22
Here Be Dragons with Stephanie Burgis & Claire Fayers
5:00 PM
6:00 PM
Guildhall
£6.50
J23
The Greatest Magician in the World with Matt Edmondson and Garry Parsons
5:00 PM
5:45 PM
Widcombe Social Club
£6.50
J24
Brian Conaghan & Sarah Crossan
6:45 PM
7:45 PM
Guildhall
£6.50
J25

Sunday 08 October

The Elmer Show
10:00 AM
10:45 AM
Guildhall
£7.50
K1
How To Be A Witch With Kaye Umansky
10:00 AM
10:45 AM
Guildhall
£6.50
K2
Animal Encounters with Gill Lewis & Kieran Larwood
10:00 AM
11:00 AM
Widcombe Social Club
£6.50
K3
Creative Writing Masterclass for Teens with Emily Barr
11:00 AM
12:30 PM
Widcombe Institute
£15
K4
Michael Grant, Teri Terry & Nick Lake
11:00 AM
12:00 PM
Komedia
£6
K5
Moomins Mischief 3
11:00 AM
11:50 AM
Mission Theatre
£7
K6
Murder Mysteries with Robin Stevens
11:45 AM
12:45 PM
Widcombe Social Club
£6.50
K9
Harry Hill
11:45 AM
12:45 PM
Guildhall
£7.50
K7
Isadora Moon with Harriet Muncaster
11:45 AM
12:30 PM
Guildhall
£6.50
K8
Lauren James, Tom Ellen & Lucy Ivison
12:45 PM
1:45 PM
Komedia
£6
K10
Moomins Mischief 4
12:45 PM
1:35 PM
Mission Theatre
£7
K11
Norse Myths with Francesca Simon & Kevin Crossley-Holland
1:30 PM
2:30 PM
Widcombe Social Club
£7
K13
Superhero Masterclass
1:30 PM
3:00 PM
Widcombe Institute
£15
K15
Holly Smale
1:30 PM
2:30 PM
Guildhall
£7
K14
The New Adventures of Mr Toad
1:30 PM
2:15 PM
Guildhall
£6.50
K12
Do You Believe in Dragons?
2:30 PM
3:15 PM
Mission Theatre
£6.50
K16
Amy Alward, Gemma Cairney & Sara Barnard
2:30 PM
3:30 PM
Komedia
£6
K17
The Wimpy Kid Show
3:15 PM
4:00 PM
Guildhall
£6.50
K18
The One Hundred And One Dalmatians
3:15 PM
4:00 PM
Guildhall
£6.50
K19
Mythological Mayhem with Maz Evans
3:15 PM
4:00 PM
Widcombe Social Club
£6.50
K20
Frances Hardinge, Lucy Saxon & Maggie Harcourt
4:15 PM
5:15 PM
Komedia
£6
K21
Derek Landy
4:45 PM
5:45 PM
Guildhall
£7.50
K22

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