Guardian launches children’s book festival

Guardian launches children’s book festival

The Guardian is organising a children’s literature festival – a free one-day event in London on 29th August, featuring authors such as Sarah McIntyre, Philip Reeve and Paul Strickland.

McIntyre and Reeve (pictured), who worked together on Oliver and the Seawigs (Oxford University Press), will present their new book, Pugs of the Frozen North (Oxford University Press) and run a “draw along” session at the Guardian Children’s Book Festival, while Strickland will explain how to draw the characters from Dinosaur Roar! (Penguin Random House Children’s).

Emer Stamp, the author and illustrator of The Unbelievable Top Secret Diary of Pig and The Super Amazing Adventures of Me, Pig (Scholastic), will be taking part, as will Joseph Coelho, the winner of this year’s CLPE Poetry award.

For older children, Michael Grant will talk to Guardian books website editor Emily Drabble about teen horror.

The Guardian Children’s Book Festival is part of the newspaper’s wider ‘Curious?’ festival and is free to attend, although tickets must be reserved in advance via the website.