The Barnes Children’s Literature Festival has announced an all-star lineup for this year’s event, with Adam Kay, author of Kay’s Anatomy and Kay’s Wonderful Medicine (Puffins), comedian David Baddiel (The boy who accidentally became famous, HarperCollins Children’s) and Liz Pichon, creator of the Tom Gates series (Scholastic).
Also participating in the event as part of its two-day public program (June 25-26) will be Robin Stevens, author of the Least Female Murder series (Puffins), Axel Scheffler, illustrator of The Gruffalo (Macmillan Childrens) and Rob Biddulph, creator of #DrawWithRob and author of Peanut Jones and the Illustrated City (Macmillan Children’s).
Other confirmed authors include MG Leonard and Sam Sedgman, Maz Evans, Chris Smith, Piers Torday, Emma Carroll, Pamela Butchart, Sharna Jackson, Lucy Strange, Sam Copeland and Jenny Pearson.
A free program for primary schools will also take place from June 9 to 24 at a new site at the Wandsworth Civic Suite, the Genesis Theater in Tower Hamlets and Barnes.
Amanda Brettargh, festival director, said: “We were so proud to be back last year during lockdown. Even with government restrictions on event capacities, social distancing, etc., we were still able to provide maximum reading enjoyment to thousands of families over the festival weekend. It felt so good to be back in the room with books and no contact from NHS Test & Trace.
“When we started next to beautiful Barnes Pond in 2015 we were just trying to do our own little thing. But every year we discover all these brilliant new books that we know the kids will love and that’s what makes us allows it to continue and grow.
The festival is centered around Barnes Green next to Judith Kerr’s much-loved duck pond, and this year will include a wider, fully outdoor program with free family activities, live music and live entertainment and performances. circus acts, organizers said. Full program and ticket details can be found here.