Our Festival of Children’s Literature, November 9 2013

weblogoOn November 9th 2013 the Federation of Children’s Book Groups will be holding a one day Festival of Children’s Literature in Birmingham by way of celebrating the FCBG’s 45th anniversary and our receipt of the Eleanor Farjeon Award last year.

Inspired by the venue in which the Festival is taking place, the Birmingham Conservatoire, the theme for the day is stories across the arts, exploring how children’s literature has fed into and off music, theatre, film and even puppetry!

We’ve got a brilliant line up for the day!

James Mayhew, perhaps best known for his Katie and Ella Bella Ballerina books which explore fine art and ballet, will be running a fascinating workshop aimed at children 10-14 years old, all about illustrating to live music (performed by musicians from the Conservatoire), using Benjamin Britten’s music for T. H. White’s King Arthur book, The Sword in the Stone.

Late in the day there will be a unique and magical concert celebrating Benjamin Britten’s centenary with a performance of his The Sword in the Stone, featuring live illustration and readings by James, musicians from the Conservatoire and workshop participants.

David Almond, winner of the international Hans Christian Andersen Award, the Carnegie Medal, and two Whitbread Awards, will be celebrating 15 years of Skellig, including exploring its adaptation for opera, theatre and film.

Clara Vulliamy, who has over 30 books to her name including the much loved Bear with the Sticky Paws and Lucky Wish Mouse, will be hosting an exciting mini puppet toy theatre workshop based on Bubble and Squeak, a book specially written for her to illustrate, by James Mayhew.

Michael Morpurgo, Children’s Laureate 2003-2005 and author of Private Peaceful and War Horse amongst many others, and Emma Chichester Clark, illustrator of more than 80 books, including Blue Kangaroo, and Melrose and Croc will draw the day to a close with an engaging insight into their new collaboration, a retelling of Pinocchio.

During the day you’ll get the chance to meet all the authors and illustrators. There will also be free storytelling, the chance to vote for for your favourite of the Red House Children’s Book Award shortlisted books, and of course the opportunity to buy books by all the authors and illustrators present on the day. You’ll also be able to find out much more about the Federation, if you’re not already a member, and see just how passionate we are about bringing books and children together.

Tickets will be on sale from September 2nd (you will be able to buy them online via the Festival’s webpage, or in person in central Birmingham). We are working to keep ticket prices as low as possible and as soon as we receive confirmation about the outcome of funding bids we’ve made (at the end of July), we’ll be able to confirm prices.

If you wish to preregister your interest in the Festival and receive a reminder email when ticket prices are confirmed, and when tickets go on sale, please email festival@fcbg.org.uk. Alternatively you can phone 07814 741043 for further information.

star.jpgAs this is a celebration of the work the Federation does, we’re delighted to offer 2 complimentary tickets to each of our Children’s Book Groups across the country. Groups can choose 2 tickets for either David Almond’s talk, James Mayhew’s performance, or to see Michael Morpurgo and Emma Chichester Clark in conversation. Groups should email festival@fcbg.org.uk by September 1 (i.e. before tickets sales open) to register their ticket choice.

We do hope as many of you as possible, members and non-members alike, will join us on this very exciting day exploring stories across the arts, an ideal opportunity for families and schools to meet the very best in children’s literature!

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