Book of the week – Speak up!

Speak Up! by Nathan Bryon and Dapo Adeola

Join the brilliantly passionate Rocket as she organises a peaceful protest to save her local library. On her weekly visit to the local library, to read all about inspirational figures such as Rosa Parks, Rocket discovers that the library will be closing. Can she use what she’s learnt from Rosa and speak up to save the day?

Speak Up! is a love letter to libraries, equal access to reading, the power of community space and how small changes can make a big difference to the world around you.

Event information

This fun-packed event takes place on the 7 October at 10am at The Guildhall. You’ll hear all about Rocket an her latest adventure organising a peaceful protest to save her local library. As well as draw-along fun you will also get top tips on writing, drawing and speaking up about the things that matter..

About the Author 

Nathan Bryon is an award-winning writer and actor who has written for BAFTA award-winning children’s TV shows, such as Swashbuckle and Apple Tree House and critically-acclaimed Rastamouse. A rising star in the world of screenwriting, his animated series, Afro Kid, is currently under option.


Dapo Adeola is an illustrator, author and character designer who was awarded Illustrator of the Year at The British Book Awards in 2022. Dapo rocketed into the picture book world with his greatly acclaimed illustrator debut, Look Up!, written by Nathan Bryon, which won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize in 2020. Dapo illustrated My Dad is a Grizzly Bear and My Mum Is a Lioness, written by award-winning author Swapna Haddow and collaborated with Malorie Blackman on their picture book We’re Going to Find the Monster! Dapo made his author debut in 2021 with the Puffin published picture book Hey You!: An Empowering Celebration of Growing Up Black, which won Illustrated Book Of The Year at The British Book Awards in 2022. Born in Britain and of Nigerian heritage, Dapo is an avid believer in the importance of equal representation in the creative arts. He currently lives in London.


About Bath Festivals book of the week

Bath Festivals Book of the Week is our weekly recommended book from our upcoming Children’s Literature Festival.

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