Tuesday, 03 August 2021

Literary festival has lots on for children

A RANGE or children’s events will be held as part of this year’s 10th annual Henley

A RANGE or children’s events will be held as part of this year’s 10th annual Henley Literary Festival.

From workshops and storytellings to events with Nadiya Hussain and Judith Kerr, there will be something for all ages to enjoy.

Children’s events take place over the weekend of Friday, September 30 to Sunday, October 2.

Royal cake-baker and Bake Off winner Hussain will be in conversation with Newsround host Leah Boleto in a special family event around her new book Bake Me A Story.

The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Mog creator Judith Kerr makes her Henley debut at 93, while BBC historian Lucy Worlsey returns with her first book for older children, Eliza Rose. For younger children, both Kipper and Maisy will be making appearances.

Tom Percival, Michelle Robinson, Chloe Inkpen, Salvatore Rubbino and Rob Biddulph are among the top authors and illustrators with new picture books at the festival, while the Kenton Theatre plays host to a Supertato show and a celebration of Roald Dahl in the centenary year of his birth.

A Harry Potter event invites families for an interactive hour of spells, potions and Quidditch.

Creative writing workshops are also being run throughout the weekend. One Show nature expert Mike Dilger will be introducing families to The Wildlife In Your Garden.

The Buster Books corner at the Baillie Gifford Festival Hub hosts free children’s activities throughout the weekend, including finger painting, dot-to-dot sheets and Jungle Book face painting. The Hub is also the venue for a Friday afternoon Witch Wars event.

The festival takes place at venues across the town from Monday, September 26 to Sunday, October 2, with speakers including Jonathan Trott, Sara Pascoe, Robert Harris, Wilko Johnson and Miriam Gonzalez Durantez.

Tickets for the festival can be booked by calling (01491) 575948 between 10am and 4pm on weekdays or online at www.henleyliteraryfestival.co.uk

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