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.

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.

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.

At Wokingham Children’s Book Festival, meet author Katrina Charman at Wokingham Town Hall on Sunday October 21.

At Wokingham Children’s Book Festival, meet author Katrina Charman at Wokingham Town Hall on Sunday October 21.

Katrina lives in a small village in South East England with her husband and three daughters. In 2013 she was the recipient of the SCBWI British Isles’ Margaret Carey scholarship for fiction, and in 2014 she was one of the winners of the SCBWI’s Undiscovered Voices competition.
Katrina has wanted to be a children’s writer ever since she was eleven, when her school teacher set her class the task of writing an epilogue to Roald Dahl’s Matilda. Her teacher thought her writing was good enough to send to Roald Dahl himself. Sadly, she never got a reply, but the experience ignited her love of reading and writing.
Katrina is the author of THE LAST FIREHAWK chapter book series (Scholastic Branches), SURVIVAL TAILS middle-grade series (Little, Brown), POPPY’S PLACE middle-grade series (Stripes), early reader THE NINJABREAD MAN (Franklin Watts) and picture book CAR, CAR, TRUCK, JEEP (Bloomsbury).

Survival Tails: The Titanic

When loyal dog Mutt discovers that his owner and best friend Alice is set to board the RMS Titanic without him, he is determined to follow her across the ocean. With the help of King Leon the rat, Mutt sneaks aboard, but it isn’t long before the Captain’s cat, Clara, discovers the stowaway. Reluctantly, Clara agrees to help Mutt find Alice, on the condition that he help her look after a trio of abandoned kittens she found in a lifeboat. But when the unthinkable happens and the so-called unsinkable ship hits an iceberg, Mutt and his new friends have to race against the clock to reunite with their humans–and to survive.

Historical Fact and Fiction with Katrina Charman

 

Event Time Age Range Event (Click Link to see further information)
Sunday 21 Oct 2:45pm 8 to 12 Historical Fact and Fiction with Katrina Charman

  

Book now for Wokingham Children’s Book Festival and meet author Tony De Saulles at Wokingham Library on Sunday October 21

Tony De Saulles is an award-winning children’s author and illustrator. He is the illustrator of the bestselling Horrible Science series, which has won many awards including The Blue Peter Prize For Best Book With Facts. The first title in Tony’s new fiction series Bee Boy is out in 2018. Tony lives in West Sussex with his dog, where he is starting his own beehive.

Bee Boy

Half BEE. Half BOY. Melvin Meadly is . . . BEE BOY! When a strange sickness bug strikes at school, Mel has his suspicions – could this have something to do with the new kid, Berty Crump? More questions arise when Mel and his bees discover a factory in the woods with giant flowers, chemical spraying drones, beekeepers in metal suits, and worse of all . . . ZOMBEEZ! 

 

Bee Boy with Tony De Saulles

 

Event Time Age Range Event (Click Link to see further information)
Sunday 21 Oct 1pm 7 to 12 Bee Boy with Tony De Saulles

  

Wokingham’s first ever children’s book festival takes place next weekend!

With the half term school holidays just around the corner, there is still time to book onto some of the fantastic events happening at the Wokingham Children’s Book Festival (20 and 21 October).

 

It’s a great chance for Wokingham’s children to meet 23 authors and illustrators, who will bring stories to life through fun, interactive workshops which are running throughout the whole weekend.

This is the first time so many authors, illustrators and self-professed “bookworms” have visited the town and it promises to have your children laughing and igniting their imagination.

Highlights

Highlights of the weekend include award-winning Geraldine McCaughrean who will be revealing how and why she writes and the fun to be got from it at a workshop on Sunday 21 October at 1pm.

Geraldine has written more than 170 books, published in 61 countries and her work has been translated into over 45 languages. Probably best known for her official sequel Peter Pan in Scarlet, she is also a three-time recipient of the Whitbread/Costa Children’s Book Award, the Michael L. Printz Award and a double Carnegie Medal winner, most recently for her book: When The World Ends; which follows men and boys stranded on a sea stack after their rescue boat fails to arrive.  Tickets costs £3 and must be booked in advance.

The Tales of Snow and Storm workshop is being run by author Chitra Soundar at Wokingham Library on Sunday 21 October (11.30am to 12.15pm).

Chitra is a closet clown, consummate liar, writer and storyteller. As a kid, she danced in a Bollywood movie, acted on stage with her neighbourhood friends and disliked Maths because it never added up. Chitra grew up on a wholesome diet of stories from Indian epics and folk wisdom. She hangs out in schools, libraries and bookshops making up stories with children and regaling everyone with tales from her books and her childhood.

Join her for storytelling from her books ‘You’re Safe With Me’ and ‘You’re Snug With Me’ as well as a fun colouring activity. Tickets cost £3 and must be booked in advance.

Book your tickets

This is just a snippet of some of talks and interactive workshops taking place which span a wide age range with events suitable for 3 to 12-years-old.  All workshops are listed on Wokingham Town Council’s Children’s Book Festival website. Please book your place now as spaces are limited.

Each workshop is followed by a book signing and WHSmith of Wokingham is the official bookseller with stalls at each venue.   The festival is brought to you by Wokingham Town Council, Wokingham Borough Council’s libraries service and ‘more arts.’

Fun-packed

Cllr Norman Jorgensen, executive member for environment, libraries and leisure, said:  “It’s not long now until the very first Children’s Book festival comes to Wokingham. It promises to be a fun-packed weekend and with over 20 events taking place there is something for everyone. I can’t think of a better way to start the half term holidays.

“Our Borough libraries are filled with wonderful books to explore, so getting to meet some of the authors and illustrators is a really unique experience for our children to take advantage of. We look forward to seeing you at the festival.”

Come and meet Wokingham Children’s Book Festival Author Sibéal Pounder on Sunday October 21

Come and meet Wokingham Children’s Book Festival Author Sibéal Pounder on Sunday October 21

Sibéal Pounder previously worked for the Financial Times, where she researched the How To Spend It section and wrote the For Goodness’ Sake column – interviewing everyone from Veronica Etro to Vivienne Westwood. As well as Bad Mermaids, she writes about fabulous witches and feisty fairies in Witch Wars, her first and much loved series for Bloomsbury. Witch Wars has sold over 50,000 copies and was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and the Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Award.

Witch Wars

When Fran the Fabulous Fairy turns up in Tiga Whicabim’s shed to tell her she’s a witch, Tiga doesn’t believe her. Or at least not until Fran points out that TIGA WHICABIM is actually an anagram of I AM A BIG WITCH and magics her away down the drainpipes to compete in Witch Wars – the competition to crown the next Top Witch of Ritzy City. Filled with silly spells, delectable dresses, ridiculous riddles and a serious shoe problem, Witch Wars is a witch story like no other. Although if you enjoyed The Worst Witch, you’ll love this too!

 

Welcome to Witch Wars with Sibéal Pounder

 

Event Time Age Range Event (Click Link to see further information)
Sunday 21 Oct 2:30pm 8 to 12 Welcome to Witch Wars with Sibéal Pounder 

  

Come and find out about the World of Planet Stan from Wokingham Children’s Book Festival Author Elaine Wickson

Come and find out about the World of Planet Stan from Wokingham Children’s Book Festival Author Elaine Wickson

Elaine’s school reports said she was a bit of a daydreamer but that’s because she was too busy thinking up stories. Nowadays she likes to think of herself as a professional daydreamer, and is often found in her Plotting Shed at the bottom of the garden where all her ideas germinate.

9780192759047[1]Planet Stan

Stan loves a calming, ordered environment. His dinosaur-loving younger brother Fred is the opposite: chaotic, messy, prone to leaving snails under Stan’s bed. As Stan struggles to cope with his high maintenance brother and his hair-brained schemes he charts all the ups and downs of his life in a series of hilarious infographics.

 

 

The World of Planet Stan with Elaine Wickson

Event Time Age Range Event (Click Link to see further information)
Sunday 21 Oct 2:45pm 7 to 11 The World of Planet Stan with Elaine Wickson