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New! The Perrott Hill Children's Literary Festival 2017

April 28, 2017

We are thrilled to announce the line-up for the inaugural Perrott Hill Children’s Literary Festival 2017. The festival is taking place across two days during the May half term and promises to be an enlightening and inspirational event, with masterclasses and workshops from some of the best-selling and most loved children’s authors and illustrators in the country (and beyond!).


The festival runs from 10am – 4pm on Thursday 1 and Friday 2 June, and is open to all children in Years 1–8. There are morning-only workshops for those aged 3-5. Please see our facebook page (@perrotthillschool) for the poster which includes further details and ticket prices. We look forward to seeing you there!



Rob Biddulph

A former magazine designer (most recently he was the Art Director at the Observer Magazine and before that worked at NME, Uncut, SKY and Just Seventeen), Rob is now an award-winning author and illustrator. His first book, Blown Away, won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize in 2015; his second, GRRRRR!, was nominated for the CILIP Kate Greenaway medal and his third, Odd Dog Out, won the BSC Festival of Literature Picture Book Award. His fourth picture book, Sunk!, was published last month and is shortlisted for The People's Book Award. He also illustrates books for other authors, including David Solomons, Piers Torday and Christian O’Connell.


Tracey Corderoy

Author of the Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam books, as well as the Hubble Bubble series and a whole host of picture books (I Want My Mummy!, No!, The Little White Owl), Tracey was a primary school teacher before moving into full-time writing in 2006. As part of her job, she worked to implement literacy programmes and re-integrate children into school following periods of long-term illness. It was this that ignited her passion for writing.


Ted Dewan

American-born Ted is the creator of Bing Bunny, otherwise known as Bing on the Cbeebies channel. He’s written and illustrated countless other books, including the Thomas Trew series, and previously worked as a cartoonist for newspapers including The Times, The Guardian, The Independent and The Telegraph. He has also worked as a physics teacher in a secondary boarding school near Boston, and is a former chairman of the Children’s Writers and Illustrator’s Group (CWIG) of the Society of Authors.


Laura James

Laura was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2017 for her brilliant debut, The Adventures of Captain Pug – with the second in the series, Cowboy Pug, coming out this year. Her love of all things nautical comes from her dad, a retired naval officer, although her eponymous hero, Pug, is based on her own dog Brian.


Christine Leech

Another former magazine Art Director (Marie Claire, John Lewis Edition, Bliss, New Woman), Christine has now turned her hand to crafting, and is the author of seven best-selling books including Fresh Prints, Everything Alice, the Liberty Book of Simple Sewing and Pompomania. She will be running a crafting workshop based on book characters.


Martin Maudsley

Martin is a professional storyteller based in Dorset, who works regularly with local and national organisations to provide storytelling performances and creative workshops. Recent clients include the BBC, the Eden Project, the National Trust and River Cottage HQ. In 2007, he established the Bristol Storytelling Festival and was its Artistic Director for seven years. He is a patron of the Somerset Storytelling Festival.


Ali Sparkes

Ali has written scores of books, including the Shapeshifter series, Unleashed, Frozen in Time and Dark Summer, picking up numerous awards along the way (including two Blue Peter Book of the Year awards) – and she’s currently up for the Federation of Children’s Book Groups Award 2017. She visited Perrott Hill last year, and loved it so much she wanted to come back again to be a part of this!


Kathryn White

Kathryn has written more than 30 books for children of all ages, including Sea Wolf, Click Clack Crocodile’s Back and When Will It Snow?. She is coming in to do a special morning-only workshop (storytelling followed by mask-making and a play) for children aged 3-5. She lives in Wells.


Lisa Williamson

Lisa’s debut book, The Art of Being Normal, not only won the Older Fiction category in the Waterstone’s Children Book Prize 2016, but was the bestselling YA hardback debut of 2015. It was also nominated for the Carnegie Medal. Her latest novel, All About Mia, has just been released.




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