Speakers

Speakers

Helen Moss

Linton loves Helen Moss, author of the "Adventure Island" & "Secrets" series, and honorary patron of our book festival! Helen will be teaming up with illustrator Leo Hartas for a fun words-&-p

Helen Moss

Honorary Patron

Joseph Coelho

Award-winning poet Joseph Coelho brings his word-painting magic to Linton! Littlest kids will be enchanted by his story “Luna Loves Library Day” and older ones will have a chance to learn wordsmit

Joseph Coelho

Poet and Author

Jo Cotterill

Get ready for an electrifyingly entertaining performance from author-of-many-talents Jo Cotterill as she introduces her unlikely superhero, Electrigirl! Fun guaranteed, for boys and girls alike! Jo

Jo Cotterill

Author

Michael Leach

Back by popular demand! We are thrilled that wildlife photographer Michael Leach is returning to Linton Bookfest. Michael is an expert naturalist and an outstanding speaker. Join him for a lively, inf

Michael Leach

Wildlife photographer

Chris Priestley

"Mildew and Sponge don’t think much of Maudlin Towers, the blackened, gloom-laden, gargoyle-infested monstrosity that is their school…" Chris Priestley brings us his latest gothic creation, a c

Chris Priestley

Author / Illustrator

Joshua Seigal

The windows burped the hamster flew, the walls spun round, the grass turned blue, things happened that we never knew the day the poet came…   What will happen when Joshua Seigal, pe

Joshua Seigal

Performance Poet

Dave Cousins

Dave Cousin’s books are packed with action, humour and heart. His Charlie Merrick’s Misfits stories document the ups and downs of friendships, while his books for slightly older readers tackle ser

Dave Cousins

Author / Illustrator

Big Wheel Theatre

Big Wheel Theatre in Education presents… the Pollution Solution Panel Game! This interactive and silly panel game aims to help you take one small step or two to save the planet.  Come and have fun

Big Wheel Theatre

Panel Game

Leo Hartas

Leo illustrates Helen Moss’s “Adventure Island” series and will be teaming up with her for an exciting art-&-adventure double-act! Plus in a workshop he’ll show examples of his delicate, d

Leo Hartas

Illustrator

Chitra Soundar

Popular Indian-born storyteller Chitra will be sharing her latest book, “You’re Safe With Me”. Younger children will love this comforting story, and the chance to make their own exotic animal ma

Chitra Soundar

Author & storyteller

Paula Metcalf

Paula’s latest picture book is an adorable doggy comedy-romance about loving who you are. With funny lift-the-flaps and silliness on every page, this story will be a big hit with younger children. B

Paula Metcalf

Author / Illustrator

Isabel Thomas

In an exciting fact-writing workshop, find out what scientists and writers have in common, learn Isabel's top tips for budding authors and begin planning your own creative non-fiction book. Or join i

Isabel Thomas

Non-fiction Author

Lion Learners

New to Linton Bookfest! Lion Learners introduce animals through stories, then give you the chance to meet and handle the real animals themselves! These sessions, led by an experienced presenter, are s

Lion Learners

Hands-on activity

Helen Wang

Helen translates children’s books from Chinese, giving young UK readers unique insights into another culture. She will be presenting Yanan Dong’s superbly illustrated book “Express Delivery from

Helen Wang

Translator

Alien Nation

Presented by the Kite Trust Imagine a universe where everyone is celebrated for their own true identity – whether that’s girl, boy, neither or

Alien Nation

Workshop

Paul Jackson

Linton Bookfest favourite Paul Jackson joins us once again, to delight listeners of all ages with enchanting stories in his magical yurt. Always popular - don’t miss out on this special experience.

Paul Jackson

Storyteller

Andy Shepherd

Introducing new author, Andy Shepherd. In her workshop Andy will give you a sneak preview of her soon to be launched book ‘The Boy Who Grew Dragons’, plus you'll discover the magical dragon fruit

Andy Shepherd

Author

Paige Selby-Green

Graphic designer Paige Selby-Green will help you create your very own fantasy map. Learn about the important features of maps and how different elements work together. Then let your imagination lead y

Paige Selby-Green

Graphic Designer

Camilla Chester

Camilla is the author of three exciting novels for children: Jarred Dreams, EAT and most recently The 13th Wish. She will be joining a panel of authors sharing tales and tips about the writ

Camilla Chester

Author

Anglia Ruskin Artists

In our drop-in zone, come and meet recent graduates of Anglia Ruskin University’s prestigious Children’s Book Illustration course. Admire samples of their work and try your hand at different illus

Anglia Ruskin Artists

Illustrators

Amazing Sandbox

University of Cambridge Dept of Geography How does water shape our world? Use your hands and imagination to create a landscape in this special sandbox. Then place your hand above it to make it rain

Amazing Sandbox

Cambridge University

Eco Trail

Have fun looking for clues around the festival site!

Eco Trail

Arts Awards Students

Inspiration Station

How do you turn a worn-out book into a hedgehog? Annabel Furnall of Inspiration Station will share her crafting secrets. Books supplied, or please bring your own if you have a book you won’t want to

Inspiration Station

Craft Workshop

Saffron Walden Museum

From ages past, puppets have been used in many cultures for telling stories. Join Saffron

Saffron Walden Museum

Drop-in Activity

Ask about Dyslexia

Experts from Holme Court School will be available to answer your questions and offer advice on overcoming the challenges of dyslexia. Saturday only.  More about the s

Ask about Dyslexia

Drop-in Activity

A Bear is a Bear

Join Karl Newson and Anuska Allepuz, creators of the charming new picture book “A Bear is a Bear (except when he’s

A Bear is a Bear

Drop-in Activity

Hedge Witches

Journey back in time with the Hedge Witches and discover the ancient powers of plants. Hands-on learning and fragrant fun with herbs!  Hedge Witches are part of the History Needs You team, who are lo

Hedge Witches

Drop-in Activity

Brian the Lion

Meet Brian the Bookfest Lion. You are more than welcome to come and shake a paw or pose for a selfie with our friendly mascot. Don't forget to show Brian what you are reading - he LOVES books!

Brian the Lion

Mascot

Dave Cousins

Author & illustrator Dave Cousins shares hilarious tales of a writer’s life with LVC’s Y7 students and Y6 pupils from local primary schools. There’ll be plenty of laughs and probably a silly

Dave Cousins

In-school visit

Marion Leeper

Using multi-sensory resources created by Bag Books (www.bagbooks.org) Marion will share her story-telling magic with students at the Granta Special School. Marion

Marion Leeper

In-school visit

Eboracum Baroque

The musicians of Eboracum Baroque bring to life Jessica Courtney-Tickle’s picture book The Story Orchestra, based on Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Children will be enchanted by music p

Eboracum Baroque

In-school visit

Katie Dale

Author of Mumnesia, The Never-Ending Birthday and the popular Fairytale Twists series, Katie Dale will spend a day at The Heights with pupils in years 3, 4 and 5. Former act

Katie Dale

In-school visit

Linton Children's Book Festival at Linton Village College May 2018

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