BookFest is a festival for children who love stories!

Director Sarah Mullen launched Bournville BookFest in 2014 on a shoestring budget and no experience of running a literature festival. She won a £2000 Vision award from Bournville Village Trust to run a really high-quality children's book festival, which was also unstuffy and accessible.

Seven years later, it's one of the biggest children's book festivals in the UK and Birmingham's only dedicated book festival for 0-12s.

Bournville BookFest 2020 takes place 11th - 20th June.

We are very proud of our BookFest Outreach Programme for Schools Programme - Literature Out of the Box - where we bring some of Britain's best children's authors to Town Hall Birmingham in front of audiences of school pupils from across the city. In 2020 it takes place from 17th March - 20th March - and what a line up we have in store!

We have also founded one-day sister BookFests in Sutton Coldfield and Solihull, to bring our brilliant book events to new audiences.

How is Bournville BookFest funded?

Bournville BookFest CIO became a charity in September 2019 and is based at Bournville Community Hub, which we also run for the community. Our charity number is 1185157.

We keep our prices low and use venues across the city, so they're easy to get to. And we're 100% committed to running BookFest on not-for-profit lines, and to paying all authors, artists and performers properly.

We couldn't do all this without funding from Arts Council England, from corporate sponsorship, and thanks to some amazing private philanthropic donors. The team also raises money through fundraising events, such as this summer's Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge.

BookFest BookShops

Look out for our pop-up BookFest BookShops - and remember every book bought helps pay to bring authors to Birmingham. We're not just about new books either ! You'll see a BookSwap stall at many of our events, where children are invited to bring old favourites and swap them for new.

Coming to Busy Parents Network events

We do expect all children to be accompanied by an adult, and that means - rather like going to the cinema - adults will need to buy tickets too. We hope this means you come to BookFest and have an amazing time making things, laughing and learning together. There are exceptions to the Adult Ticket Rule such as writing workshops - where grown-ups merely need to be on hand in case they are needed - and the Moving Stories programme where the tickets are clearly labelled "Per Child".

Finally, if you are bringing along older children, then babes-in-arms are free. If they are coming to one of our baby or pre-schoolers events, then we hope you understand they will need a ticket.

We hope you have a wonderful time at BookFest - you're guaranteed a warm welcome!



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