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Feb 27 2013

The Great Little Litfest, Chorleywood – March 5-19, 2013

booksforkids1-150x150Bringing Children’s Books to life in Herts and Bucks

The same team that bring you the successful Chorleywood Literary Festival (Chorleywood LitFest) are organising an event especially for Bucks and Herts children in schools and venues across the region. The events, which coincide with World Book Day (www.worldbookday.com) will bring together authors, illustrators, poets and storytellers with their audience – children from primary school age to A-level, with a few adult-friendly events thrown in to keep the grown up ones happy! The first child-friendly book festival in the area, The Great Little Litfest, will run from Saturday 9th March to Friday 15th March 2013 and feature authors and poets like Carol Ann Duffy, Rachel Bright, Simon Mayo, Laura Dockrill and Jez Alborough; bringing to life their stories, how they write and how children can read and write both fiction and non-fiction for their own enjoyment.

We are delighted that Rachel Bright, who has been given the honour of becoming World Book Day illustrator 2013, will be giving a talk during the open day (Saturday 9th March).

The Great Little Litfest events comprise four main strands:

  1. A Schools Programme with successful authors and illustrators of children’s books speaking at local schools
  2. A series of Public Events over a Creative Cultural Fun Weekend (Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th March), at which some of the authors listed below will talk about their work, and there will be crafty and arty workshops (Red Ted Art – www.redtedart.com/), a children’s cookery festival (Cinnamon Square – www.cinnamonsquare.com/) and an Intuitive Storytelling for Parents Workshop
  3. Specially formed book groups for children to shadow the Blue Peter Book Awards; and
  4. Writing and photographic competitions for young people.

Morag Watkins, Chorleywood Bookshop, said “Little Litfest is a natural extension of the Chorleywood LitFest and allows us to concentrate on the needs of younger readers, to build a love of reading that will stand them in good stead for all their lives.”

Councillor Chris Hayward, County Councillor for Chorleywood and newly-appointed Deputy Leader of Hertfordshire County Council, said “I am absolutely delighted to be able to support this brilliant initiative using my County Council Locality Budget. As a parent of two young children myself I know only too well of the importance of encouraging them to read books and I too enjoy reading to them and with them. Little Litfest is a wonderful
opportunity to extend the love of reading to our younger residents and is an innovative and imaginative project.”

Mark Winkworth, Festival Organiser, said “iPads and Xboxes are great, but getting lost in a good book is an adventure like no other. Inside a child’s mind there are already the best graphics, the greatest imagination and the most interactive plots ever invented. Little Litfest will remind children where their “on” button is.”

The inaugural Chorleywood Children’s Literary Festival, supported by Hertfordshire County Council and The University of Hertfordshire, will be the first event of its kind in the region. The festival, which is sponsored by IBB Solicitors, Clancy, and Savills plc, is expected to attract 1500 visitors over seven days and feature some of the most successful published children’s authors, illustrators, and a host of favourite fictional characters.

Confirmed speakers include:

You can download the Programme of Events here or visit their website for more information.

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