Authors and illustrators taking part
Philip Reeve and illustrator Sarah McIntyre will be performing their show based on their brand new book ‘Jinks and O’Hare: Funfair Repair’. Nick Sharratt’s event will include his new book for slightly older readers, ‘The Cat and the King’, as well as the popular ‘Shark in the Park’ books, Nicola Davies and Petr Horacek will be launching their brand new book ‘A First Book of Animals’ with surprise guests from feathered friends, and Katherine Woodfine and Ross Montgomery’s events will be based on their latest books for older readers – ‘The Mystery of the Jewelled Moth’ and ‘Perijee and Me’ – both of which have had wonderful reviews.
North Devon-based Claire Barker’s event will be based on her popular ‘Knitbone Pepper’ books, the third of which is published before October. Knife and Packer, winners of the new Lollies (Lots of Laughs) Award for funny books will be making you laugh with live drawing and readings from ‘Badly Drawn Beth’. Josh Lacey will be focusing on his popular ‘Dragonsitter’ series, and John Dougherty and Tom Morgan Jones will be performing funny poems, drawing and even playing the guitar to get everyone enjoying their illustrated poetry book ‘Dinosaurs and Dinner Ladies’.
Exciting young illustrator Lucy Letherland will encourage children to draw in her event centred on a brand new book ‘A Miniature World of Adventures’. Following on from her sell-out event last year, Rebecca Cobb will visit from Falmouth for the second time to entertain families with an interactive show based on her latest books.
Once again we will be working with the Totnes Library and the Totnes Bookshop. The library will host special storytelling sessions for very young children based on the wonderful picture book Five Minutes Peace by Jill Murphy on Wednesday 12th October. The bookshop will be selling books at all events, discounted for ticket holders.
Extra sponsorship this year means that there will be events by festival authors in the three local primary schools: St John’s, Dartington, and The Grove. And Plymouth-based Plessey Semiconductors has increased its sponsorship this year to support a big event for school children in The Guildhall with Nick Sharratt, organised by Plymouth Library Services.
Ticket prices will be kept low and there will be discounts for attending several events.
Our generous sponsors include: The Royal Seven Stars Hotel, Plessey Semiconductors, Valeport, the Totnes Rotary Club, Walker Books, Plymouth Children’s Book Group, the Curator Café and Kingfisher printers. There are also individual supporters. Many thanks to all of them for enabling the festival to happen. We hope it will be an inspiring few days for families and that visitors will enjoy the many delights of Totnes.
Tickets go on sale on 1 September, online and in the Royal Seven Stars Hotel and the Totnes Bookshop. The library will sell tickets for its storytelling events.
Watch this space for updates and more information.
For further information, please email organiser Nikki Marsh on firstname.lastname@example.org