12 of the best family events at Cheltenham Literature Festival

Little literature lovers are in for a treat this autumn, with Cheltenham Literature Festival offering a fantastic family programme, featuring everything from bestselling authors to interactive events.

From sensational stories to creative fun, Cheltenham Literature Festival is once again catering for all ages, offering a jam-packed family programme for 2018.

Running from Friday 5 to Sunday 14 October 2018, families have the chance to see bestselling authors, incredible illustrators and entertaining personalities, making for a fun-filled festival experience.

If you’re wondering which events to book, here are 12 of the best family events at Cheltenham Literature Festival 2018.

For more information about Cheltenham Literature Festival, and to buy tickets, visit cheltenhamfestivals.com/literature directly.


1. James Campbell: Stand Up

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On Friday 5 October, James Campbell will be raising laughs among young audiences; finding the funny in everything from pets and couscous, to questions such as ‘do sausage dogs eat sausages?’

Delivering the best comedy for kids, James will also be signing copies of his children’s book, The Funny Life of Pets after the anticipated event.

See cheltenhamfestivals.com/literature for more information.


2. Jacqueline Wilson

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A beloved children’s author who has penned over 100 books, Jacqueline Wilson will be returning to Cheltenham Literature Festival on Saturday 13 October.

The former Children’s Laureate will be discussing her impressive writing career, creating some of her best-loved characters, and her eagerly awaited new book, My Mum Tracy Beaker.

See cheltenhamfestivals.com/literature for more information.


3. Once Upon A Time: Enchanting Stories

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Families can join bestselling adult author Jessie Burton and Carnegie Medal winner Sally Gardner, for Once Upon A Time: Enchanting Stories on Sunday 7 October.

The morning event will explore the enduring appeal of fairytales; challenging stereotypes; and their new children’s fairytales, which promise wonder, wisdom and enchantment.

See cheltenhamfestivals.com/literature for more information.


4. Journey Along Silk Roads

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Promising to capture the imagination of young adults with his retelling of The Silk Roads, historian Peter Frankopan will lead audiences on a journey through time on Sunday 14 October.

The interactive event will see Peter joined by author Janina Ramirez; enjoy stories from every corner of society, amazing illustrations by Neil Packer, and a family quiz.

See cheltenhamfestivals.com/literature for more information.


5. Chris Hoy and the Flying Fergus Team

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On Wednesday 10 October, Olympic cyclist Chris Hoy, co-author Joanna Nadin and illustrator Clare Elsom will introduce their action-packed series, Flying Fergus.

Youngsters can hear about Fergus and his friends; the adventure sees Fergus travel to a parallel universe, Nevermore, a place where cycling is banned and his dad has been trapped by the wicked King Woebegot.

See cheltenhamfestivals.com/literature for more information.


6. A Secret Seven Adventure

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Celebrate Enid Blyton’s classic detective club during A Secret Seven Adventure on Saturday 6 October, with prize-winning author Pamela Butchart.

A brilliant new mystery for the Secret Seven, the event will see Pamela discussing their exciting adventure, told in her book Mystery of The Skull.

See cheltenhamfestivals.com/literature for more information.


7. Anthony Horowitz: Alex Rider

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Bestselling author Anthony Horowitz will talk about his phenomenally successful Alex Rider series on Saturday 6 October, offering the chance to hear all about the world’s greatest teenage spy.

Set to delight fans of the series, Anthony will share the inspirations and passions behind the sensational stories which have proved hugely popular with young readers.

See cheltenhamfestivals.com/literature for more information.


8. Kid Normal

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Image © Jenny Smith

Set to be a highlight of the festival, radio personalities and authors, Greg James and Chris Smith, will host an action-packed Kid Normal event on Sunday 14 October.

With games and audience participation on the cards, there aren’t any superpowers required to join in the fun!

See cheltenhamfestivals.com/literature for more information.


9. Gaspard The Fox

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On Sunday 7 October, there’s the chance to hear about warm-hearted animal story, Gaspard The Fox and the real-life fox who inspired it.

Join BBC Radio 4 broadcaster Zeb Soanes and illustrator James Mayhew for the exciting event; audiences can find out foxy facts and draw their very own curious fox too.

See cheltenhamfestivals.com/literature for more information.


10. Angry Cookie

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Author and performance poet Laura Dockrill will host a wildly interactive and laugh-out-loud event, Angry Cookie, on Saturday 13 October.

Cookie’s feeling grumpy because Barbra the cactus won’t stop playing her recorder, the strawberry toothpaste has run out, and Cookie has to have a haircut; can children help to turn his frown upside down?

See cheltenhamfestivals.com/literature for more information.


11. The Great Comic Caper

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With his comic strips having appeared in Beano, Doctor Who Adventures, and Match, to name just a few, Kev F Sutherland will appear at the festival on Sunday 14 October.

The Great Comic Caper will see how easy it is to create comics, with kids able to challenge the artist with their own comic questions.

See cheltenhamfestivals.com/literature for more information.


12. Billy and the Beast

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Creative kids can join BookTrust’s Writer-Illustrator in Residence, Nadia Shireen, on Thursday 11 October for Billy And The Beast, a noisy story time session with live drawing.

Children can get to know a host of friendly characters including Nadia’s latest, Billy and the Beast, with the event set to be brimming with creative ideas.

See cheltenhamfestivals.com/literature for more information.


© SoGlos
Tuesday 18 September 2018

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