Foyles will hold its second summer children’s festival, Storybox, between 23rd July-14th August.
The line-up of events run across its stores in London, Bristol and Birmingham include a day-long celebration to mark the release of the “eighth” Harry Potter story, the playscript of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a live reading of Roald Dahl’s Matilda from a member of the cast of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s "Matilda The Musical" and Beatrix Potter festivities to coincide with the author’s 150th birthday.
For the first time, a Young Adult strand will be included in the line-up, which includes a Dystopian Creative Writing Workshop with author Emma Pass, a YA Reception with Martyn Bedford, Nat Luurtsema and Siobhan Curham and a meet and greet with debut author Irena Brignull.
Megan Brown, national events coordinator at Foyles, said: “This year our festival is all about inspiring and enabling children to create their own stories, whether that's by recording their own radio show, making some new animal friends, meeting their favourite author or learning to draw with a renowned illustrator.”
Many of the events are free to attend, with discounted family tickets available for others. Every ticket will have an optional £5 goody bag add-on which includes a drawstring bag, colouring pencils, water bottle, balloons, stickers, a bookmark, and colouring sheets. There will also be a competition throughout the festival to win a family ticket to The View from the Shard Summer Garden.
More information about Storybox events can be found here.