When to book
Booking dates for The Telegraph Bath Festival of Children’s Literature 27 September – 6 October 2013
21 June Friends booking
29-30 June Telegraph Priority booking weekend / Waterstones priority booking
1 July General booking opens
Staged in association with headline media partner, the Daily and Sunday Telegraph, and retail partner Waterstone’s Booksellers, the Bath Festival of Children’s Literature was established in 2007 by Bath-based children’s publishing professionals Gill and John McLay.
This is the largest dedicated children’s book festival in the UK, and presents over 80 public, ticketed events and an extensive programme of events in schools.
The Festival regularly attracts some of the biggest children’s authors and illustrators from the UK and internationally. Past contributors have included: Jacqueline Wilson, Michael Morpurgo, Anthony Horowitz, Lauren Child, Shirley Hughes, Julia Donaldson, Michael Rosen, Terry Deary, Cornelia Funke, Eoin Colfer, Darren Shan, Neil Gaiman, Anthony Browne, Francesca Simon and Malorie Blackman.
The ethos of the festival is simple: to entertain children, and to enthuse them about reading. We aim to create a friendly, family atmosphere in which young book fans can come along to Festival events and meet their favourite authors and book characters. Events regularly feature much humour and book readings, as well as craft activities, quizzes and games. Signing queues after some events are legendary and can last up to three hours for the biggest names.