Bath Children’s Literature Festival 2023!

Bath Children’s Literature Festival is delighted to announce that it will be returning from the 29th of September to the 8th of October 2023! The festival brings together over 100 of the hottest national, local, and debut writers from the world of young people’s books to locations across the city. Guests this year include Sir Lenny Henry, Robin Stevens, Cressida Cowell, Rob Biddulph, Holly Jackson, Dapo Adeola and Nathan Bryon, Nikita Gill, Katherine Rundell, Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet, Holly Bourne, Chris Riddell, Tom Holland and Dermot O’Leary.

“I can’t wait to recommend some of my fellow authors’ and illustrators’ events, particularly ones that celebrate the magic of creativity and the sheer joy of drawing. I just know that the children who come to the festival in 2023 are in for a real treat!”

Rob Biddulph, award-winning author and illustrator.

Highlights of the festival include:

  • Cressida Cowell: It’s the 20th Anniversary of worldwide sensation, How to Train Your Dragon! Come and celebrate with her at a book event that dives into the world of Hiccup and Toothless. She’ll also be staying on to introduce a special film screening at the Little Theatre Cinema, Bath.
  • Sir Lenny Henry joins the Bath Children’s Literature Festival for the first time with his fun-filled event about his brilliant, action-packed middle grade books, The Boy With Wings and The Book of Legends and Clash of the Super Kids. Sir Lenny’s new book, Clash of the Super Kids, sees the return of Tunde Wilkinson, an ordinary boy who happens to also be a winged superhero.
  • You’re Dead to Me podcaster and historian Greg Jenner brings his first children’s book, You Are History, to Bath to share the fascinating history behind ordinary objects you see every day! Mind-boggling tales from the past guaranteed from the historical consultant to the BAFTA award-winning CBBC comedy series Horrible Histories.
  • Don’t miss out on the chance to hear from Holly Jackson, the bestselling author of Five Survive and A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder, as she gives a behind-the-scenes look at the writing process and inspirations behind her blood-pumping thrillers. This event will be chaired by Kate Weston, author of the hilarious YA thriller, Murder on a School Night.
  • Throwing their gates open and offering FREE entrance for all, The American Museum and Gardens welcomes everyone on Sunday 8th October,as part of a family day out. Include a visit to the exhibition Brick America: An Adventure in LEGO bricks in the gallery, crafts activities, storytelling and plenty of space to run around in the blooming surrounding grounds.

And so much more!

Bath Children’s Literature Festival believes that everyone should have access to the wonderful world of literature and therefore will be working with Tickets for Good to ensure that anyone who received a cost-of-living payment from the UK Government in the last 6 months can access free and affordably-priced tickets.

Tickets go on general release on 30th June. Members who sign up online are able to get priority booking so SIGN UP NOW to make sure you get tickets for the events you most want to take part in.