The BookFest for Schools Outreach Programme at Town Hall has now been cancelled. We've had to make this very difficult decision because of the impact of coronavirus/COVID-19, and because the safety of our young audience is paramount. All schools and home education customers will be contacted in due course by THSH Box Office about refunds. Thank you for your understanding and patience while we manage this unprecedented situation.

From Shakespeare to Harry Potter, come and join Bournville BookFest 2020 for a wonderful celebration of storytelling at Town Hall, Birmingham!

Some of Britain's best-loved authors will be on stage:

Tuesday 17th March, 10.30am - Drawing Harry Potter with Jonny Duddle

Wednesday 18th March - Shakespeare Day celebrating Shakespeare Week co-ordinated by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

10.30am Shakespeare’s Stories with James Mayhew

1.30pm The Big Shakespeare Draw-Along with author and illustrator, Marcia Williams, and master storyteller, Isy Mead from The Story Museum, Oxford.

Thursday 19th March, 10.30am - Nothing to See Here Hotel with author Steven Butler and illustrator Steven Lenton

Friday 20th March, 10.30am and 1.30pm - Magic and Dragons with Children's Laureate Cressida Cowell

Tickets are just £3 per pupil, and teachers and teaching assistants go free.

Please bring pencils and paper for pupils to draw along with the illustrators.

Filming and photography will take place at some events for marketing purposes, so if you have any concerns about this or wish pupils to be excluded from footage please contact Sala Davies or 0121 4727989 between 9am-3pm.

Book tickets at THSH Box Office either by email on or by telephone on 0800 358 7070 between 10am and 5pm.

Home educators are also able to book.

We have had enquiries about group bookings organised by parents from schools which close early on Fridays. They are very welcome to book, however the system is geared up for large groups. Therefore, here are some guidelines:

* There should be a single Group Coordinator for bookings, and a ratio of one adult for every 5 children.

* Payment must be made by 6th December or the tickets will be released. This is the same as for school bookings.

* Adults in the group will be charged £3 per ticket.

* Maximum numbers for a non-school booking is 30. If you have a bigger group please contact the THSH box office.

All events are expected to last 1 hour 15 minutes.

All schools who book for our Shakespeare Day will be sent a free Educational Resource pack, prepared by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Education team, which teachers can use in school in the run up to attending our events at Town Hall on Shakespeare Day.

The Literature Out of the Box outreach programme couldn't happen without funding from our generous sponsors Anthony Collins Solicitors, Arts Council England and private donors.

"All of the teachers and children were raving about the workshops and we will definitely be booking next year!" - Stirchley Primary School.

Nothing to See Here Hotel author Steven Butler (right) and illustrator Steven Lenton (left).

Jonny Duddle, who illustrated the Harry Potter books is coming to the Education Programme.

Shakespeare's Stories author and illustrator James Mayhew, will be painting live on stage.