Monday, 11 December 2017

Literary festival events are not just kids’ stuff

The Henley Literary Festival will be returning to d:two and the River and Rowing Museum this autumn with a weekend

The Henley Literary Festival will be returning to d:two and the River and Rowing Museum this autumn with a weekend of children’s events covering stories, singing and games.

After hosting the festival’s sold-out Dear Zoo events in 2012, Market Place’s d:two is home to two events aimed at children aged three and above this year, on the morning of Saturday, October 5.

Gareth Edwards, a TV producer behind shows with Ronnie Corbett and David Mitchell, will describe a race between a badger, a squirrel and some slugs for The Very Disgusting Sandwich. Then Barefoot Books presents Drive My Tractor author Jan Dobbins with her popular farmyard sing-alongs.

Children aged five plus are catered for at the River and Rowing Museum on Sunday, October 6. Acclaimed illustrator Clara Vulliamy has teamed up with her mother, legendary author Shirley Hughes, to create the well-groomed dog Dixie O’Day. Clara will visit Henley to read, draw and host an interactive game.

For the final event, parents are excused while Sharky and George, children’s party organisers to the stars whose clients include the McCartneys and Gwyneth Paltrow, keep their offspring entertained with a variety of games and activities.

“As with the festival as a whole, we try to provide something for all tastes with our children’s strand — and are delighted we were able to use both of these great venues again,” said children’s events co-ordinator Emily Martin.

“And we hope that older children may enjoy some of the general events, such as Pride And Prejudice, Olympian Katherine Grainger and our many history talks.”

Tickets for all children’s events are priced at £4 each and are available on www.henleyliteraryfestival.co.uk and on 0118 972 4700.

Schools events during the week include Young Knights Of The Round Table author Julia Golding, a young adult crime fiction panel and a sold-out appearance from Caroline Lawrence.

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