We have six wonderful authors and illustrators coming to Bournville BookFest 2019 as part of the education programme - and we're inviting schools and home educated children to see them at Birmingham Town Hall.

This is part of the "Literature Out of the Box" programme which aims to bring storytelling events and amazing writers within reach of all Birmingham's children.

All events will take place 10.30am-11.45am, and must be booked by schools through Busy Parents Network. Email Josie Harrison: education@busyparentsnetwork.com

Monday 18th March – Kes Gray

Join award-winning author-illustrator Kes Gray who shot to fame with his Daisy books and then has had global success with his Oi Frog series, illustrated by Jim Field. Expect props, dressing up, hilarity and stories aplenty in this session with Kes. Ideal for Years 3-4

Tuesday 19th March – Telling Stories through Pictures with The Riddells

Once the cartoonist for The Guardian and then Children’s Laureate, the charming Chris Riddell will take to the Town Hall stage with his daughter, Katy Riddell, who is also an illustrator. Together they will teach child how to tell stories through drawing pictures. Undoubtedly, characters from Harry Potter will feature as this year Bloomsbury have tasked Chris with illustrating the new version of Beadle the Bard by J.K. Rowling. Watching Chris draw is an absolute joy and is sure to inspire your children to pick up their pencils and have a go themselves.

Thursday 21st March – Michael Rosen

Last year we welcomed the former Children’s Laureate and national poetry treasure to Bournville BookFest for the first time and it was one of the highlights of the festival. He captivated 780 children with his stories and poems. This year, Michael will be joined by some poetic friends and we’re moving to Town Hall so we can fit in even more children! Expect your children to be doubled up with giggles and to go back to school/home and to start writing their own poetry. Tickets will be go very fast! So please book early to avoid disappointment.

Friday 22nd March - Dame Jacqueline Wilson and Nick Sharratt

What a treat we have in store for you! In a specially written stage show just for Bournville BookFest, prolific and beloved author Dame Jacqueline Wilson, herself a former Children’s Laureate, will share a stage with her long term illustrator and Bournville BookFest Patron the award-winning Nick Sharratt.

Jacqueline will share how she gets ideas for her characters and her stories and how she became an author. Interweaved will be the opportunity for all the children to learn from Nick Sharratt how to draw some of Jacqueline’s most famous characters including Tracey Beaker and Hetty Feather. All children in the audience will be provided with drawing packs to take away with them so that they can draw along in this session.

We are expecting this session to be extremely popular so please book early!

The Literature Out of the Box programme is brought to you by Busy Parents Network thanks to our generous sponsors Anthony Collins Solicitors, and a grant from Arts Council England.