On November 9th 2013 the Federation of Children’s Book Groups will be holding a one day Festival of Children’s Literature in Birmingham by way of celebrating the FCBG’s 45th anniversary and their receipt of the Eleanor Farjeon Award last year.
Inspired by the venue in which the Festival is taking place, the Birmingham Conservatoire, the theme for the day is stories across the arts, exploring how children’s literature has fed into and off music, theatre, film and puppetry.
James Mayhew, perhaps best known for his Katie and Ella Bella Ballerina books which explore fine art and ballet, will be running a workshop aimed at children 10-14 years old, about illustrating to live music (performed by musicians from the Conservatoire), using Benjamin Britten’s music for T. H. White’s King Arthur book, The Sword in the Stone.
David Almond, winner of the international Hans Christian Andersen Award, the Carnegie Medal, and two Whitbread Awards, will be celebrating 15 years of Skellig, including exploring its adaptation for opera, theatre and film.
Clara Vulliamy, who has over 30 books to her name including the much loved Bear with the Sticky Paws and Lucky Wish Mouse, will be hosting an exciting mini puppet toy theatre workshop based on Bubble and Squeak, a book specially written for her to illustrate, by James Mayhew.
Michael Morpurgo, Children’s Laureate 2003-2005 and Emma Chichester Clark, illustrator of more than 80 books, including Blue Kangaroo and Melrose and Croc, will draw the day to a close with an engaging insight into their new collaboration, a retelling of Pinocchio.
Tickets will be on sale from September 2nd (you will be able to buy them online via the Festival’s webpage, or in person in central Birmingham). We are working to keep ticket prices as low as possible and as soon as we receive confirmation about the outcome of funding bids we’ve made (at the end of July), we’ll be able to confirm prices.
If you wish to preregister your interest in the Festival and receive a reminder email when ticket prices are confirmed, and when tickets go on sale, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively you can phone 07814 741043 for further information.