London’s Largest Dedicated Children’s Literature Festival
London’s largest dedicated children’s books event is moving to 13 and 14 June from in 2020 as a permanent memorial to the late children’s literature legend Judith Kerr author of When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, The Tiger Who Came to Tea, Mog the Cat etc. Judith lived and worked in Barnes for more than 60 years. Sunday 14 June would have been her birthday.
When? 9th-14th June, 2020
Where? Barnes, London SW13
Who is Appearing? 2020 TBA
Twitter feed? @kidsfest
Facebook page? https://www.facebook.com/BarnesKidsLitFest
Festival Director? Amanda J. Brettargh
Established? 2015 – Barnes has a rich literary legacy. From Henry Fielding writing about London life in the mid-eighteenth century to the legendary Judith Kerr, who has written and illustrated more than thirty books for children from her home in Barnes including The Tiger who Came to Tea, and Britain’s best loved poet Roger McGough who has lived here for over twenty years.
2017 – Claire Balding, Prof. Robert Winston, Kes Gray, David Baddiel, Nick Sharratt, Tony Ross, Judith Ker, Lisa Stickley, Marcia Williams, Lucy Worsley, Lucy Coats, Pip Jones, Laura Hughes, Steve Cole, Jamila Gavin, Michelle Robinson ++
2016- Michael Morpurgo, Jacqueline Wilson, Judith Kerr, Lauren Child, Axel Scheffler, Cornelia Funke. Morris Gleitzman, Jeremy Strong, Philip Reeve, Anthony Browne, Frances Hardinge, Sarah Crossan, Kate Saunders, Gyles Brandreth, Cerrie Burnell, David Melling, Jim Smith, Robin Stevens, the Etherington Brothers, Ed Vere, Katherine Rundell, the Horrible Scientists Nick Arnold & Tony De Saulles, S F Said, Danny Wallace & Jamie Littler, Kevin Crossley-Holland & Jane Ray, Kristina Stephenson, Jonathan Stroud, Abi Elphinstone, Marcia Williams, David Mackintosh, Holly Webb, Gareth Jones & Garry Parsons, Josh Lacey, Michelle Robinson, Sean Taylor, Lucy Hawking, Sibeal Pounder, Katherine Woodfine, Holly Bourne, Clare Furniss, Lisa Williamson, Samantha Shannon, Alwyn Hamilton, Anna McKerrow, Philip Womack, A F Harrold, Joseph Coelho, Sarah Govett, Smriti Prasadam-Halls, Claire Beaton, Caroline Clough PLUS Roald Dahl & the Imagination Seekers and the Comedy Club 4 Kids
2015 – Axel Scheffler, Sally Gardner, Piers Torday, Horrible Histories Martin Brown, Karen McCombie, Roger McGough, Jim Smith, Chris Haughton, Abie Longstaff, Emer Stamp, Marcia Williams, David Mackintosh, Alexander Gordon Smith, Mary Evans, Smriti Prasadam-Halls, The Superhairies, Karen Inglis, Mark Brake & Jon Chase PLUS a special appearance by the sensational 15 year old author Helena Coggan AND the UK premiere of Chris Haughton’s ‘A Bit Lost’ by Sweden’s Boulevard Theatre and a performance by A Thousand Cranes theatre company