York Literature Festival 2018: The best bits for kids

Do you have a little bookworm at home? Then you might like to know that this year’s York Literature Festival has some exciting events for children of all ages. Headlining the children’s programme is Guy Bass, whose bestselling book series follows the adventures of a mad scientist’s forgotten creation, known as Stitch Head. Ideal for ages 7+, Guy will be reading from his books and exploring his childhood inspirations and aspirations (18th March, 11am-12.30pm).

For a theatre experience for all ages, Hot Coal Theatre is presenting Finders Keepers – a fun-filled highly visual and touching piece using music and puppetry (17th March, 3pm and 7pm). Also on the programme is A.P. Winter whose debut novel is The Boy Who Went Magic. A.P. will be talking about magic and spooky things and facilitating a short creative writing exercise – ideal for ages 9-12 (24th March, 1-2.30pm). For poetry lovers, Carole Bromley and Anneliese Emmans Dean will be helping children to write their own poems (24th March, 11am-12.30pm); and a series of Children’s Storytimes will be celebrating 200 years of Frankenstein with monster-themed sessions of stories and rhymes (various dates).

Monsters Creative Writing Competition!
Do you have a monstrous appetite for writing? Want to let out your inner monster? Then try your hand at the 2018 York Literature Festival’s creative writing competition! Entries are open to Under 12s, 12-15 year olds and 16-18 year olds. Send in your short story, poem or flash fiction to  by 1st March 2018 to be in the running for exciting prizes. Winners will be invited to read their work at a Festival event and have their winning entries published online. Visit mountschoolyork.co.uk for all the details.

Visit www.yorkliteraturefestival.co.uk for event and ticket information.

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