Once Upon a Land - There is something to inspire young readers of every age at Newark Book Festival this year.
Alongside a high quality catalogue of adults’ events, Newark Book Festival will be taking over the town on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th July with a whole host of family-fun, including poets, illustrators, music, street theatre, storytelling and the chance for young readers to meet some of their favourite authors.
The Once Upon a Land children’s and young person’s programme, sponsored by Tallents Solicitors, promises to be the largest yet, and aims to nurture a love of the arts and literature, tying in with the 2018 theme of Landscapes in Literature.
There is a wide selection of both ticketed and free events as part of the festival with workshops, author talks, and lots more to see and do.
Children's authors taking part in the festival include the author of The Apprentice Witch and A Witch Alone, James Nicol, author of The Sinclair Mysteries Katherine Woodfine and author and illustrator, Julia Patton, who will launch the libraries Summer Reading Challenge with stories of Long Long Dogs and crafts.
Last year’s much-loved Pirate Pete picture book author Lucy Rowland will also be returning and, with illustrator Ben Mantle, will be reading tales from The Little Red Reading Hood, a contemporary and fun take on the classic fairy tale.
At the centre of the fun, the Once Upon a Land – Literature Quarter in the market place and an Enchanted Forest at Newark Castle will be hosting performances and activities a plenty for the whole family to enjoy.
As part of the Festival’s Sunday Extravaganza, Newark Market place will be transformed into a festival fun zone with stalls, performances and pop up workshops. Whilst in the Enchanted Forest, tales of Mr Toad and Robin Hood will leave visitorsspellbound. Visitors should also keep an eye out for hidden fairies and their houses!
“We’ve got storytellers, street theatre, writing and craft workshops, an enchanted forest, a reading challenge and music. We have some inspiring children’s authors and illustrators hosting events, and even the Gruffalo might be lurking near Newark library. It’s going to be an amazing weekend with loads of events for adults to enjoy too.” - Sara Bullimore, Artistic Director.
The full programme of events can be found at www.newarkbookfestival.org.uk or in the festival brochure which can be collected from venues across Newark and beyond including the theatre, festival venues, coffee shops, libraries and key attractions.Most tickets can be purchased from Newark Palace Theatre on 01636 655755 or www.palacenewarktickets.com.
You can also stay up to date with the latest festival news by following Newark Book Festival on Facebook (www.facebook.com/newarkbookfest/) on Twitter (@NewarkBookFest ) and Instagram (@NewarkBookFest).
What will you discover? …