Bath Children’s Literature Festival was established in 2007 and is the largest dedicated children’s literature festival in Europe, always offering a vibrant array of talks and activities for children.

The Festival regularly attracts some of the biggest children’s authors and illustrators from the UK and internationally. Past contributors have included: Jacqueline Wilson, Cressida Cowell, David Walliams, Judith Kerr, Michael Morpurgo, Anthony Horowitz, Lauren Child, Shirley Hughes, Julia Donaldson, Michael Rosen, Terry Deary, Cornelia Funke, Eoin Colfer, Darren Shan, Neil Gaiman, Anthony Browne and Francesca Simon.

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 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.

Our 2018 festival ran from Friday 28 September – Sunday 7 October. Our artistic directors, John and Gill McLay,  secured a world-class line up which thrilled young book lovers. Putting fun and laughter first, the festival was a chance for children and young people to meet the creators of their literary heroes, see illustrations come to life and fuel their imaginations.

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Festival dates for 2019: Friday 27 September – Sunday 6 October 2019