Igniting Writing at Wokingham Children’s Book Festival on Saturday October 20, 2018

Teen Writing Group, Igniting Writing at Wokingham Children’s Book Festival on Saturday October 20, 2018

Have you ever wanted to try coming up with stories for a younger audience? Or write about teddy bears, chocolate cake and kids that get up to all sorts of chaos?

Join Igniting Writing, Wokingham Library’s creative writing club for 11-18 years olds, on Saturday 20th October, 10.30am to 12noon, for an action packed workshop dedicated to writing children’s stories.

The session will include fun writing activities, advice on how to make a story resonate with kids and the chance to share your ideas with other young writers, as well as the opportunity to write alongside the Wokingham branch of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

Just drop in and don’t miss out!

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Guest post from “Let Them Eat Books” Interview with James Carter

Guest post from Let Them Eat Books

Ahead of the Wokingham Children’s Book Festival on 20th and 21st October, The Little Bookeater, from Let Them Eat Books, has interviewed a few of the wonderful authors who will be running sessions at the Festival. He asked these authors the same 5 questions, things he *really* wanted to know, so read on to find out more about them…

To find out more about the festival and the other authors who will be attending and to book tickets, click here

local poet James Carter, who lives in Wallingford with his wife, and four guitars called Keith. He is running the Once Upon A Star session at Wokingham Children’s Book Festival on 21st October:

What is your all time favourite children’s book, and why?

There are so many children’s books I love. I really don’t have a favourite. I love TinTin books. David Almond’s Skellig, the supreme Where The The Wild Things Are, the strangely wonderful or wonderfully strange The Mouse and His Child by Russell Hoban. But no, as I’m doing a non-fiction event at the festival, I’ll pick my favourite information book for young humans, Oliver Jeffers’ latest, the sublime Here We Are. I wish I’d had that book when I was six. I would have worn it out.

Paddington, Winnie or Rupert?

Winnie the Pooh. It has such a gorgeously slow, humbly-bumbly pace. And that’s how exactly life should be. Just mooching from one moment to the next,

humming a hum, singing a song, thinking a think, walking around a wood with a friend.

If you could be any animal, which one would you be and why? Can you ‘talk’ like the animal?

No question. A wolf. I adore wolves. I’d love to live out in Alaska or Northern Canada and be part of a pack. Watch the Northern Lights dazzle and delight each winter. I’d keep well away from humans that don’t understand that animals need space and respect and not have their habitats destroyed. I recently wrote a non-fiction book about wolves (Harper Collins, Big Cat) and I interviewed the wolf-keeper at the UK Wolf Conservation Trust on the A4 between Reading and Newbury. It’s a fantastic place. I don’t speak lupine, ie wolf, but if you howl at a wolf it will howl back.

Want two interesting wolf facts? One. They don’t howl at the moon. Oh no. They howl any time, and sometimes there’ll be a moon above. Two. They all have 42 teeth. How-oooo interesting!

What is the best place for ice cream after lunch?

Ice cream for me is a mid-afternoon holiday thing. Ideally from the ice cream van next to the Winking Prawn in Salcombe, South Devon. Rum & Raisin flavour in a cone and with a fudge.

Rockpooling, reading or running, sunbathing or sandcastle building? Which is your favourite beach and activity, and why?

There’s NOTHING BETTER than a) reading my book (usually non-fiction) then b) grabbing my bucket and rock pooling. Bliss!

What is the yuckiest thing you can think of?

I’d better not say the yukkiest thing I can think of as it’s D I S G U S T I N G and it involves one of our cats and a slug. You’ll just have to imagine what it is.


To find out more about the festival and the other authors who will be attending and to book tickets, click here

Many thanks to Let Them Eat Books for letting us share this interview.

Anna Burns is the 2018 Winner of The Man Booker Prize

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The winner of the 2018 Man Booker Prize was announced last night at a formal dinner at London’s Guildhall.

Anna Burns was named winner for her book “Milkman”.

Burns, 56, who was born in Belfast and lives in East Sussex, drew on the experience of Northern Ireland during the Troubles to write Milkman. Her first acclaimed novel, No Bones, was also set in this period. She saw off competition from two British writers, two American writers and one Canadian writer. It is her third full-length novel and her first major award.

Kwame Anthony Appiah, 2018 Chair of judges, comments:

‘None of us has ever read anything like this before. Anna Burns’ utterly distinctive voice challenges conventional thinking and form in surprising and immersive prose. It is a story of brutality, sexual encroachment and resistance threaded with mordant humour. Set in a society divided against itself, Milkman explores the insidious forms oppression can take in everyday life.’

Set in an unnamed city, Milkman focuses on a middle sister as she navigates her way through rumour, social pressures and politics in a tight-knit community. Burns shows the dangerous and complex outcome that can happen to a woman coming of age in a city at war.

Visit your local Wokingham Library or go to the online catalogue www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/library-services/search-renew-and-reserve-items/ to reserve a copy of this book.

 

October Halfterm Activities across Wokingham Borough Libraries

October Halfterm Activities across Wokingham Borough Libraries

Half term is just around the corner, so why not get booked onto some  of the events running at the Wokingham Children’s Book Festival and library activities this Half term in Wokingham Borough.

We have an array of brilliant authors and illustrators coming to the book festival, so visit the website http://wokingham-tc.gov.uk/bookfest/ to see who is attending and don’t delay, book today!

 October Half-term Sessions in Wokingham Borough Libraries

Dog Trust Session – Come along and hear from the Dog Trust about how to look after your dog with stories and colouring activity. For children aged 6 to 11 years old. Free Event, Places must be booked.

  • Finchampstead Library   Tuesday October 23   2pm to 3pm
  • Lower Earley Library    Tuesday October 23    11am to 12noon

Explore Learning Handwriting Zoo – We take a day out to the zoo to see all the animals, from the lions to the zebras. The animal’s guide the children through their perfect letter formation, the giraffes’ tall necks help with the letter ‘h’ and the pig’s curly tails help with the letter ‘e’.   For 4 to 6 year olds.   Places must be booked.

  • Woodley Library    Tuesday October 23   9.30am to 10.30am
  • Wokingham Library    Thursday October 25    9.30am to 10.30am
  • Lower Earley Library      Friday October 26      9.30am to 10.30am

Explore Learning Be a Maths Sorcerer – Children will go through the steps to becoming a maths whiz(ard). Focusing on times tables, For 7 to 9 year olds. Places must be booked.

  • Woodley Library     Tuesday October 23    10.45am to 11.45am
  • Wokingham Library   Thursday October 25  10.45am to 11.45am
  • Lower Earley Library  Friday October 26    10.45am to 11.45am

Guide Dogs Morning – Just drop into learn and meet guide dogs and their owners. Take part in some fun activities.  Lower Earley Library  Monday October 22   10am to 12noon

Outdoor Let’s Explore – A fun and creative session exploring the outdoors and nature with the rangers from Dinton Pastures. For children aged 3 to 8 years old. Places must be booked.

  • Wokingham Library     Thursday October 25    9.45am to 10.30am
  • Woodley Library   Thursday October 25    11.15am to 12noon

Paddington Bear Activity Morning– Come and celebrate all things Paddington Bear. Create your own bear, try some of the activity sheets and more. For children aged 10 and under. Just drop in. £1 charge.  Wargrave Library   Wednesday October 24   10.30am to 11.30am

Sand Art– Create a sand picture with Kids Bee Happy with Maddi. £4 per picture, for children aged 4 to 11 years old. Just drop in!

  • Lower Earley Library  Thursday October 25  10.30am to 12.30pm
  • Wokingham Library     Wednesday October 24   10.30am to 12.30pm
  • Woodley Library        Monday October 22    10.30am to 12.30pm

Trixies Spell Goes Wrong – Join The Enchanted Players Theatre Company in this musical show with Trixie the fairy, Jack Frost and Sally. Inspired by the Rainbow Fairies series, with free face painting after the show. £5 charge per person. Places must be booked.   Woodley Library       Monday October 22      2.30pm

Wokingham Borough Libraries Contact Details

Arborfield Library 0780 1664520

Finchampstead Library (0118) 908 8176

Wargrave Library (0118) 940 4656

Winnersh Library (0118) 979 7519

Lower Earley Library (0118) 931 2150

Spencers Wood Library (0118) 988 4771

Wokingham Library (0118) 978 1368

Woodley Library (0118) 969 0304

Twyford Library (0118) 934 0800

 

Guest post from “Let Them Eat Books” Interview with Laura James

Guest post from Let Them Eat Books

Ahead of the Wokingham Children’s Book Festival on 20th and 21st October, The Little Bookeater, from Let Them Eat Books, has interviewed a few of the wonderful authors who will be running sessions at the Festival. He asked these authors the same 5 questions, things he *really* wanted to know, so read on to find out more about them…

To find out more about the festival and the other authors who will be attending and to book tickets, click here

 

Laura James

Children’s author Laura James, who lives near Bath with her dogs Florence and Brian. Laura is running the Fabio the Flamingo Detective session at Wokingham Children’s Book Festival on 21st October.

What is your all time favourite children’s book, and why?

It’s so difficult to pick one but it would probably be Matilda by Roald Dahl.  He was always my favourite author when I was a child.  I loved Matilda because of her special powers and because she was a fellow bookworm.  Miss Trunchbull is also an excellent baddie!

Paddington, Winnie or Rupert?

Paddington (then Winnie, then Rupert!)

If you could be any animal, which one would you be and why? Can you ‘talk’ like the animal?

Oh, that’s a tricky question.  Maybe a horse because they’re clever, compassionate, beautiful and I love how they can run and jump.  I think that would be fun.  Are you asking me if I can neigh convincingly?  Because the answer’s  ’no’.

Best place for ice cream after lunch?

Well, I think the best place to eat ice cream is near the sea.  Is there a rule that you have to eat ice cream after lunch?  Are you telling me ice cream for breakfast is wrong?

Rockpooling, reading or running, sunbathing or sandcastle building? Which is your favourite beach and activity, and why?

I usually start off reading and sunbathing then I nod off and it just turns into sunbathing.  I love swimming in the sea (although you didn’t put that on your list).  I’m always convinced I’ll be eaten by a shark but I give it a go anyway.

What is the yuckiest thing you can think of?

Disturbed dog poo.  That awful moment when the smell hits you and you look down and you’ve trodden in it.  Yuck!


To find out more about the festival and the other authors who will be attending and to book tickets, click here

Many thanks to Let Them Eat Books for letting us share this interview.

Guest post from “Let Them Eat Books” Interview with Katrina Charman

Guest post from Let Them Eat Books

Ahead of the Wokingham Children’s Book Festival on 20th and 21st October, The Little Bookeater, from Let Them Eat Books, has interviewed a few of the wonderful authors who will be running sessions at the Festival. He asked these authors the same 5 questions, things he *really* wanted to know, so read on to find out more about them…

To find out more about the festival and the other authors who will be attending and to book tickets, click here

Katrina Charman

Local children’s author Katrina Charman, who lives near Wokingham with her husband and three daughters. Katrina is running the Historical Fact and Fiction session at Wokingham Children’s Book Festival on 21st of October.

What is your all time favourite children’s book, and why?

Ooh this is always a tricky question, because I love so many different books and authors. I think if I had to choose it would probably be either Matilda by Roald Dahl, because she is a book lover like me, or Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, because it is such a wonderful illustrated book and I love how the story is shown not only through words but through the pictures as well.

Paddington, Winnie or Rupert?

It has to be Winnie the Pooh. I have always loved Winnie and his stories in the Hundred Acre Wood.

If you could be any animal, which one would you be and why? Can you ‘talk’ like the animal?

I would be a cat because they laze around in sunny spots all day and get fed when they are hungry, which doesn’t seem like a bad life to me! I guess I can meow like a cat?! 🙂

Best place for ice cream after lunch?

I love the new cafe at Henry Street Garden centre. They do my favourite raspberry ripple ice cream with meringue bits inside and it is delicious!

Rockpooling, reading or running, sunbathing or sandcastle building? Which is your favourite beach and activity, and why?

Can I choose two? I would choose reading obviously because it is one of my favourite things to do, and every year my family and I go to Devon on holiday and we love rock pooling there. We don’t often find many sea creatures, but the search is fun!

What is the yuckiest thing you can think of?

Hmmm. I once saw a dog licking up a puddle of vomit from the ground. That was pretty yucky!


To find out more about the festival and the other authors who will be attending and to book tickets, click here

Many thanks to Let Them Eat Books for letting us share this interview.

The Settle to Carlisle Railway-a talk with John Harrison,Tuesday October 30

Settle to Carlisle – Englands most spectacular main line railway

Born out of inter company rivalry and driven through the most hostile but beautiful terrain, it is a superb example of Victorian engineering,

British Rail’s misguided attempt to close it in the 1980s caused the largest public reaction to any rail closure proposal. The line now serves commuters as well providing an artery into the Dales for tourists and a strategic freight route.

The talk covers the line’s past, recent history and future. It looks at how the line was built, including the spectacular viaducts, and the magnificent landscape through which the Midland Railway forged a route for its prestige service from London to Scotland.

The talk takes place at Wokingham Library on Tuesday October 30, 10.30am to 11.30am. £3 charge

To book a place please call (0118) 9781368

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Richard and Judy Book Club Autumn 2018 Reads

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There is a new selection of reads from Richard and Judy for this Autumn. Why not cozy up with a cracking good read, all available to reserve from Wokingham libraries.

Choose from these 6 books…

9781784759438[1]Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks

“A collection of seventeen wonderful short stories showing that two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks is as talented a writer as he is an actor. A hectic, funny sexual affair between two best friends. A World War II veteran dealing with his emotional and physical scars. A second-rate actor plunged into sudden stardom and a whirlwind press junket. A small-town newspaper columnist with old-fashioned views of the modern world. A woman adjusting to life in a new neighbourhood after her divorce. Four friends going to the moon and back in a rocket ship constructed in the backyard. A teenage surfer stumbling into his father’s secret life. These are just some of the people and situations that Tom Hanks explores in his first work of fiction, a collection of stories that dissects, with great affection, humour and insight, the human condition and all its foibles.”

The Cactus by Sarah Haywood

9781473660632[1]“People aren’t sure what to make of Susan Green – family and colleagues find her prickly and hard to understand, but Susan makes perfect sense to herself. At 45, she thinks her life is perfect, as long as she avoids her feckless brother, Edward. She has a London flat which is ideal for one; a job that suits her passion for logic; and a personal arrangement providing cultural and other, more intimate, benefits. Yet suddenly faced with the loss of her mother and, implausibly, with the possibility of becoming a mother herself, Susan’s greatest fear is being realised: she is losing control. When she discovers that her mother’s will inexplicably favours her brother, Susan sets out to prove that Edward and his equally feckless friend Rob somehow coerced this dubious outcome. But when problems closer to home become increasingly hard to ignore, she finds help in the most unlikely of places.”

The Innocent Wife by Amy Lloyd

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“20 years ago, Dennis Danson was arrested for the brutal murder of Holly Michaels, which occurred 10 miles from her home in Red River county, Florida. Now, the accused is at the centre of a true crime documentary that is taking the world by storm – its one goal being the desire for the truth, to free the victim of a gross miscarriage of justice. Sam is a viewer obsessed with the documentary, and starts to write to Dennis in prison. Soon she sets up a meeting and finds she has fallen for him. But how can she know for sure that he’s innocent?”

 

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris9781785763670[1]

“This novel is based on the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, two Slovakian Jews, who survived Auschwitz and eventually made their home in Australia. In that terrible place, Lale was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival – literally scratching numbers into his fellow victims’ arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust.”

 

 

Only Child by Rhiannon Navin

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“Huddled in a cloakroom with his classmates and teacher, six-year-old Zach can hear shots ringing through the corridors of his school. A gunman has entered the building and, in a matter of minutes, will have taken 19 lives. In the aftermath of the shooting, the close knit community and its families are devastated. Everyone deals with the tragedy differently. Zach’s father absents himself; his mother pursues a quest for justice – while Zach retreats into his super-secret hideout and loses himself in a world of books and drawing. Ultimately though, it is Zach who will show the adults in his life the way forward as, sometimes, only a child can.”

Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan

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“‘Anatomy of a Scandal’ centres on a high-profile marriage that begins to unravel when the husband is accused of a terrible crime. Sophie is sure her husband, James, is innocent and desperately hopes to protect her precious family from the lies which might ruin them. Kate is the barrister who will prosecute the case – she is equally certain that James is guilty and determined he will pay for his crimes. A high-profile marriage thrust into the spotlight. A wife, determined to keep her family safe, must face a prosecutor who believes justice has been a long time coming. A scandal that will rock Westminster. And the women caught at the heart of it.”

Guide Dogs Morning at Lower Earley Library on Monday October 22 from 10am to 12noon

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Guide dog and puppy portrait

Guide Dogs Morning at Lower Earley Library on Monday October 22 from 10am to 12noon

Come along to find out about:

  • how Guide Dogs help their owners
  • how Guide Dog puppies are trained
  • Meet some owners with their Guide Dogs
  • Meet some puppies with their Puppy Walkers
  • Try some blindfold challenges
  • Have a go at reading Braille
  • Colouring

Free event, just drop in between 10am to 12noon.

Lower Earley Library, Chalfont Close, Chalfont Way, Lower Earley, Berkshire, RG6 5HZ Telephone 0118 931 2150 or E-mail libraries@wokingham.gov.uk

Guest post from “Let Them Eat Books” Interview with Cathy MacLennan

Guest post from Let Them Eat Books

Ahead of the Wokingham Children’s Book Festival on 20th and 21st October, The Little Bookeater, from Let Them Eat Books, has interviewed a few of the wonderful authors who will be running sessions at the Festival. He asked these authors the same 5 questions, things he *really* wanted to know, so read on to find out more about them…

To find out more about the festival and the other authors who will be attending and to book tickets, click here

 

Cathy MacLennan

Cathy lives near Reading with her husband. She has two grown-up sons, and a little grandson. Cathy is running the Oodles of Doodles session at Wokingham Children’s Book Festival on 21st October.

What is your all time favourite children’s book, and why?

My favourite children’s book is ‘The Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Carle.  It’s such a universal story – egg turns into caterpillar, caterpillar turns into butterfly – translatable into any language and could even be wordless.  It’s the illustrations that make this book a bestselling classic – beautifully textured, bright collage pieces and painting. Eric Carle’s work has been a great inspiration to me in my work.

Paddington, Winnie or Rupert?

My favourite bear character has to be Winnie the Pooh. He and his friends in One Hundred Acre Wood are just like all the people you know – sweet Piglet, playful Winnie the Pooh,  bouncy Tigger,  gloomy Eeyore and wise Owl.  I like the way Winnie the Pooh speaks and sings – it’s poetry really! Winnie the Pooh likes adventures too because he is an optimist.

If you could be any animal, which one would you be and why? Can you ‘talk’ like the animal?

If I could be any animal, I would be a little bird who lived in a little nest in a beautiful, green tree. I would always be warm because I would fly away (migrate) to a warmer country in the winter. I would chirp and tweet and sing. Birds feature in all of my books. I can do various tropical bird noises

Best place for ice cream after lunch?

It’s a long way to go, but the ice cream in Italy is just the best! And going for an ice cream after lunch in Italy is a very popular activity. Failing that – I always have ice-cream in the freezer. When I was a child I liked the three-layered Neopolitan ice cream best – but now my favourite is Pistachio.

Rockpooling, reading or running, sunbathing or sandcastle building? Which is your favourite beach and activity, and why?

When I was younger I loved making spectacular sandcastles – or sandcastle cities, with walls and a moat and seashell windows, preferably topped with coloured flags. My favourite beach activity now isn’t on your list, but I love beach-combing – looking for treasures – like shells, coloured sea glass, fossils, special pebbles, crystals etc. I was once very lucky and found a dinosaur bone!

What is the yuckiest thing you can think of?

The yuckiest thing EVER are large, slimy, slugs … Eeeeeeeeewwww!!! But even they have featured in a book.


To find out more about the festival and the other authors who will be attending and to book tickets, click here

Many thanks to Let Them Eat Books for letting us share this interview.