Cardiff Children’s Literature Festival

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Over 5000 people joined us for the fourth Cardiff Children’s Literature Festival from 16-24 April 2016. The festival included over 50 events for both children and adults. Events included sessions from authors, poets and illustrators including Jacqueline Wilson, Sam & Mark, Cerrie Burnell, Jess French, Kes Gray, Anni Llyn, & Kristina Stephenson, as well as interactive sessions such as a Digital Narrative Workshop with the University of South Wales, Not that Kind of Art with Nathan Wyburn and BOY.WIZARD.HERO.Celebrating the Harry Potter Books.

Cardiff Children’s Literature Festival will return in 2017 with more authors, poets, illustrators & television stars to inspire book lovers of all ages.

Feedback from the 2016 festival

Author Jacqueline Wilson

I am thrilled to bits with the festival. It is beautifully organised and everyone is so warm and enthusiastic. What author wouldn’t want a sell-out event at a great festival like this? It gets huge, big ticks from me.

23/04/2016 Pics (C) Huw John, Cardiff. MANDATORY BYLINE - Huw John, Cardiff 600 Jacqueline Wilson fans packed out a sell-out show with the multi-best-selling children’s favourite at the final weekend of Cardiff Children's Literature Festival. The literary line-up at the fourth festival has included a bigger Welsh language programme than ever, with other programme highlights including children's television presenters Sam & Mark and Cerrie Burne as well as Welsh Children’s presenter Mari Lovgreen, a Singing Pirate Walk with Dan Anthony and a session on Minibeast Adventures with CBeebies’ Jess French. As the author of favourite children's characters like Tracy Beaker and Hetty Feather, 70-year-old Jacqueline Wilson has captured the hearts of millions of youngsters who devour her books, waiting anxiously until the next one is in the bookshop or ready to download on the Kindle. Super fans at the event at Cardiff's City Hall were able to treat themselves to her latest release, Rent A Bridesmaid, two weeks ahead of official launch and the author also spoke about the book for the very first time. Before her Q and A session, the Bath-based author spoke about school and becoming an author, having to write 8 readers' letters per issue a statement as a trainee at Red Letter magazine and being the Jacqui who Jackie magazine was named after! Eight-year-old Gwen Shepherd from Pontypridd said: "I love Jacqueline Wilson books because they are always really exciting. When you pick one up, you never want to put them back down. My favourites are The Longest Whale Song and Opal Plumstead and I'm reading Katy at the moment." Jacqueline Wilson said: "I am thrilled to bits with the festival. It is beautifully organised and everyone is so warm and enthusiastic. What author wouldn't want a sell-out event at a great festival like this? It gets huge, big ticks from me." Twitter: @huwjohnpics mail: mail@huwjohn.com Web: www.huwjohn.com

Author & Cbeebies presenter, Cerrie Burnell

Loving Cardiff Children’s Literature Festival all events are £4 or free to keep the festival accessible to all!

 

Authors & CBBC presenters, Sam & Mark

Such a lovely day at Cardiff Children’s Literature Festival. Thanks to everyone who came along.

 

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