Speakers

Speakers

Helen Moss

I am thrilled to be the new Honorary Patron of Linton Children’s Book Festival. I had a great time speaking at the festival in 2012 and 2014 and have been delighted to watch it grow bigger and be

Helen Moss

Honorary Patron

James Mayhew

James Mayhew is a world-renowned writer and illustrator of children's books. In his magical stories featuring inquisitive Katie and little ballerina Ella Bella, children explore the worlds of great pa

James Mayhew

Author & Illustrator

S F Said

SF Said is the award-winning author of Varjak Paw. He is an engaging speaker who loves meeting readers and answering questions about his books. We can't wait to welcome him to Linton!

S F Said

Author

Candy Gourlay

Candy Gourlay is an entertaining speaker with an infectious passion for books and writing. Don't miss this opportunity to be inspired! Her intriguing novels Tall Story and Shine expl

Candy Gourlay

Author

A F Harrold

A F Harrold is a poet and children's author. He has a beard. He's very funny. Come and see for yourself - and you might also discover some of the Things You Find in a Poet's Beard. Lots more

A F Harrold

Poet

Robin Stevens

How are your skills of detection? Put them to the test with crime novelist Robin Stevens, creator of the popular schoolgirl detectives, Hazel Wong and Daisy Wells. Unravel clues to solve intriguing

Robin Stevens

Author

Isabel Thomas

Isabel creates exciting non-fiction books for children and young adults, specializing in science, nature and people. She has written more than 100 titles, from picture books to encyclopedias. She ha

Isabel Thomas

Author

Kumiko Mendl

Talented performer Kumiko Mendl  brings us the stage show Me and My Cat, based on the book by Japanese author-illustrator Satoshi Kitamura. Expect audience participation in this interactive

Kumiko Mendl

Performance

James Campbell

Author of the hilarious Boyface books, James Campbell is also a brilliant stand-up comedian. He entertains audiences up and down the country, when he's not at home writing and cracking jokes

James Campbell

Author & Comedian

Steve Antony

Steve Antony is the award-winning, bestselling writer-illustrator of The Queen's Hat, Please Mr Panda, Betty Goes Bananas and many other delightful books for young children.

Steve Antony

Author & Illustrator

Paul Jackson

Back by popular demand! Storyteller Paul Jackson is a firm favourite at Linton Children's Book Festival. Visit Paul for spellbinding story sessions in the yurt - a truly magical experience. Watch this

Paul Jackson

Storyteller

Helen Wang

Find out about Chinese children's books and some of the special skills of a translator in Helen Wang's fascinating presentation. Helen says of her children's book translations: "Good novels are good n

Helen Wang

Translator

Richard Monte

Join author Richard Monte to learn about the traditional culture and stories of Poland - dragons, mermaids and more! "These Polish folk tales have a delightfully mischevious character all their own

Richard Monte

Author

Michael Leach

Naturalist and wildlife photographer Michael Leach is bringing some real animal magic to our Festival. Michael knows how to communicate with gorillas...and he's going to share the secrets with YOU! Be

Michael Leach

Wildlife photographer

Nicholas Allan

Nicholas Allan is the award-winning author-illustrator of over thirty books for children. He is also an actual magician! His bestsellers include Cinderella's Bum, The Giant's Loo Roll and the ever-pop

Nicholas Allan

Author & Illustrator

John McCambridge

John McCambridge is another Linton Bookfest favourite, back for a third visit in 2016. At our last festival his dragon-drawing workshops were so popular we had to add an extra session! We are very hap

John McCambridge

Illustrator

Hilton Pashley

"In the blink of an eye, Jonathan's life changed forever." The first line of a story is all important. Hilton Pashley will explain why, and help you write your own zinger of a first line!

Hilton Pashley

Author

Jo Groenhart

Little ones are invited to join local author and wellness expert, Jo Groenhart, for some big energy-boosting stretches to keep you going during your day of fun at our festival! Jo's book "Oscar Ocean

Jo Groenhart

Author

Chitra Soundar

Chitra Soundar will bring a taste of Indian village life to our English village of Linton, sharing tales featuring her popular character Farmer Falgu and his crazy adventures. Chitra says: "Stories ar

Chitra Soundar

Author & storyteller

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

Room to Read

Make a difference with Room to Read. Room to Read seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in Africa and Asia by focusing on li

Room to Read

Literacy charity

Miles Kelly

Learn top tips to design an eye-catching book cover. Experts from children’s book publisher Miles Kelly will start with a short introduction about how you make a book for children, focusing on ed

Miles Kelly

Publishers

Bryan Howe

Bryan has recently written and published his first children's book, at the impressive age of 83. Truly, it's never too late (or too soon) to be creative. Come along and be inspired by Bryan, and hear

Bryan Howe

Author

Cambridge Uni Library

MAKE YOUR OWN PAPYRUS SCROLL: join the team from Cambridge University Library and explore the mythical stories of ancient Greece. Make your own papyrus scroll to take home, and decorate it with your o

Cambridge Uni Library

Drop-in activity

Martin Impey

Since childhood Martin Impey has always loved to draw and paint, and now he delights in doing it for a living. He has illustrated many books for children, including Hilary Robinson's touching World Wa

Martin Impey

Illustrator

Ruth Hatfield

Author of fantasy novel The Book of Storms and the recently published sequel The Colour of Darkness, Ruth has been writing stories for most of her life. What she loves to explore is

Ruth Hatfield

Author

Mike Revell

Mike loves telling stories about old things, like myths or fables, in new ways. His first book, Stonebird, is based around the idea of gargoyles coming alive in the silver glow of the moon.

Mike Revell

Author

Irina Richards

A real treat for manga fans, Irina from Sweatdrop Studios will be offering free portrait sittings so you can find out what you look like as a manga character. Then she'll be giving advice and tips to

Irina Richards

Manga Artist

Cambridge Science Centre

Cambridge Science Centre's "on the road" team is coming to our festival - how exciting is that?! With a range of brilliant hands-on science exhibits, there'll be lots to explore and discover throug

Cambridge Science Centre

Drop-in activities

Linton Children's Book Festival at Linton Village College May 2016

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