For 2018 we introduced a new scheme to help reach more children and create more opportunities for young readers to meet their heroes.

Every year, John and I, as Artistic Directors, feel very honoured and humbled to see the magic that happens at that very moment. To witness a child meet their wordsmith hero or the illustrator of their favourite story. It can inspire children to read more and maybe even lift that pencil and start their own stories. It can also give them the chance to have fun with story and be part of the festival itself. We are all about having fun with stories and that includes creating your own and being given the chance to share it.

Please help us to include more children and share that magic. For us, it’s why we do what we so and we couldn’t do any of it without you.

John & Gill McLay.




Thanks to the generosity of our audiences we funded over 130 tickets for families who wouldn’t ordinarily be able to come to our festival. Thanks also to the schools and community organisations who helped us reach those families and get our tickets out to them. All of these people enabled us to celebrate books with even more children and allowed those children to have new, exciting experiences.

We are planning to continue the scheme for 2019, so if you would like to donate keep an eye on our website and if you are a school or community group who works with families who could benefit please get in touch.