The British Library, London
Saturday 16 July 2022, 9:30am - 5:00pm
Take a look at our iconic children's authors joining us for the first time at The British Library. Choose to see just one, or all of these fantastic writers at this year's event. You'll also have the chance to purchase their books on site after the session.
DRAW WITH ROB BIDDULPH
9:30am - 10:15am
Hear from Rob in this exciting, interactive masterclass, and learn how to draw with his easy step-by-step instructions! This fun session will include a live draw-a-long that the whole family can get involved in!
Rob’s series of #Draw with Rob videos, designed to help parents with children at home from school due to the pandemic, became a viral hit when launched in March 2020. The videos – featuring many of Rob’s own book characters – have captured the imaginations of families, children and artists, young and old, around the world. They have been watched almost six million times on YouTube alone.
THE GOOD TURN, SHARNA JACKSON
10:30am - 11:15am
Join Sharna Jackson, as she discusses her intriguing new mystery adventure, including the historical inspiration behind the book, how you can be inspired to care for your community – plus learn how to write and solve your very own mystery!
Josephine Williams is a future-focused, internet-loving eleven-year-old who is desperate to explore the world. When she learns about Josephine Holloway - a woman who started the first Girl Scout Troop for Black girls in America - she's certain she must start her own.
Drawn to an abandoned factory nearby, Josephine and her friends stumble across something strange. A square, ancient television and two tatty armchairs. Beside it, a wooden sideboard with an old photograph of a young, happy couple. What is this? Who, or what, lives here - and why?
WHILE THE STORM RAGES, PHIL EARLE
12:45pm - 1:30pm
Author of When the Sky Falls, Phil Earle will uncover behind the scenes of his latest book, which sees lead character, Noah on an unforgettable wartime mission to save his beloved dog Winn, in a remarkable story inspired by true events.
Join Phil as he discusses the joys of storytelling, how he went from book hater to avid reader and author, and where the inspirations behind his World War II books came from in this entertaining and inspiring event.
THE GREAT FAIRYTALE DEBATE, ELLE MCNICOLL, PETER BUNZL, JOSEPH COELHO AND CERRIE BURNELL
2:45pm - 3:30pm
Join four authors of spellbinding magical stories -- Peter Bunzl (Magicborn), Cerrie Burnell (Wilder than Midnight), Joseph Coelho (Fairytales Gone Bad) and Elle McNicoll (Like a Charm) -- for this enchanting event. Together, they'll be debating which is the greatest fairytale of them all...