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Cirencester Children’s Literary Festival

Cirencester This week sees the third Cirencester Children’s Literary Festival that is running from Monday 27th July  until Saturday 1st August. The Festival is funded by the Bingham Library Trust and organised jointly by Gloucestershire Library Service and Octavia’s Bookshop. (We love Octavia’s Bookshop but I am saving that up for a future blog post!) Cirencester, a large market town in Gloucestershire, is often referred to as the capital of the Cotswolds. It was a Roman settlement that was originally known as Corinium but perhaps now is more famous for it’s celebrity residents that scatter the surrounding villages.

The festival was opened today by zoologist and award winning author Nicola Davies. Her books for children include the best-selling A First Book of Nature, illustrated by Mark Hearld. We went along to Nicola’s session toady as my auntie had bought us tickets last week. With this event having a strong animal focus she thought G would love it and he was absolutely rapt. Although the session was aimed at slightly older children (maybe 7+) he sat and listened with fascination as Nicola told the children where she got her ideas and inspirations for her stories.

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The Festival has lots events for all ages including Ian Whybrow, author of the famous Harry and his Bucketful of Dinosaurs bringing a Bucketful of Stories and acclaimed illustrator Emily Gravett, celebrating the 10th anniversary of her prize-winner debut, Wolves.

This year there is a theme of illustration running through many of the events. There are various competitions being run through the week and the winning artwork will be displayed at a special opening of Bingham Art Gallery on Saturday 8th August 2015.

The events are being split between Cirencester Library and Octavia’s Bookshop with one special illustration workshop by Sophie E Tallis taking place in the Bingham Art Gallery. Here is the line up for the rest of the week.

Tuesday, July 28th 2015

  • Ian Whybrow -11am, Cirencester Library. A Bucketful of Stories – reading and interactive event with a signing. Aged 4-6.
  • Helen Peters – 2.30pm, Octavia’s Bookshop. The Farm Beneath The Water. Aged 9-11.

Wednesday, July 29th 2015

  • Sophie E Tallis – 11am, Bingham Gallery. Illustration workshop plus competition for best artwork. Aged 5-10.
  • Tracey Corderoy -2.30pm, Octavia’s Bookshop. Introducing Shifty McGifty & Slippery Sam with reading and craft activities. Aged 4-7.

Thursday, July 30th 2015

  • Faye Hanson – 11am, Cirencester Library. Wondering Workshop – reading, drawing and Daydreamer Boy draw-a-long plus competition for best artwork. Aged 4-9.
  • Emily Gravett – 2.30pm, Octavia’s Bookshop. Illustration, reading and signing plus competition for best artwork. Aged 6+.

Friday, July 31st 2015

  • Kristina Stephenson -11am, Cirencester Library. Theatrical reading of ‘Sir Charlie Stinky Socks – The Pirate’s Curse’, with costumes, props and a giant pop-up book. Aged 4-7.
  • Ben Davis – 2.30pm, Octavia’s Bookshop. Reading and signing with ‘Create a Hero’ activity. Aged 10+.

Saturday, August 1st 2015

  • Piers Torday -2.30pm, Octavia’s Bookshop. Reading, Q&A and signing. Aged 8-12.

Tickets for each event are just £2 with proceeds going back to the Trust. This makes the festival an inexpensive activity with all the rainy weather we have forecast this week.

The Festival has its own Facebook page CirencesterLitFest and Twitter feed @CirenLitFest which will be tweeting regular updates.