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Children's Library

Children's Book Festival 2014

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Where’s Wally Treasure Trail and Children’s Fancy Dress Parade –Forum Anniversary Day

Treasure Trail drop in all day Saturday 4th Oct and Sunday 5th October

Children’s Fancy Dress Parade Saturday 4th October 2pm for 2.30pm parade, see our website for the entry form.

Come along and hunt for Wally one of the most recognizable book characters in the world and enter our prize draw! Join in the fancy dress parade at 2.30pm outside the Forum in the Square. Become Wally for your chance to win a prize, enter the under 7 year olds or over 7 year olds category.

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Amanda Brandon

Saturday 18th October 11-12.30pm

Enjoy farmyard fun with author Amanda Brandon. Hear about Granny Mutton’s amazing ‘Scarf and a Half’ present for her grandson Little Lionel. Stick a sheep collage or make a bookmark – the perfect gift for your own Granny or Grandpa

(Age 3-7)


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Giles Paley-Phillips

Saturday 25th October 11am-12.30pm

Giles has written several picture books including “Things you never knew about dinosaurs” illustrated by Roald Dahl Funny Prize Winner Liz Pichon. It was the first manuscript Giles' ever wrote after being inspired stumbling across a book of nonsense poetry. Meet an award winning author and get creative designing your very own dinosaur.

(Age 3-8)

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Alice Hemming,

Monday 27th October 11am-12.30pm

Alice author of “The Black and White Club” and “Bibble and the Bubbles” Where do the bubbles go?

In 'Bibble and the Bubbles', Bobby wonders where the bubbles go and 667 million miles away, Bibble wonders where they come from. Bibble jumps into a bubble spaceship to find out and also finds himself a new friend. Join author Alice Hemming in this interactive workshop and design some alien friends for Bibble.

(Age 3 – 8)

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Southend and The Great War – Hands on History

Tuesday 28th October Great War Quiz 10.30-11am and 12.30-1pm Meet the Recruiting Sergeant between 11-12noon and 1-2pm

Take part in our Great War History quiz with local author Judith Williams; meet Living Historian enthusiast Ian Houghton, Recruitment Sergeant for the day-but be warned, he’s looking for volunteers to join Kitchener’s Army! Explore Southend’s Great War stories with experts from the town’s Museum Service.

Tickets: FREE event booking essential (Family event)

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Giancarlo Gemin

Thursday 30th October 11am-12.30pm

“Home is where the herd is” Cowgirl is a dairy-inspired debut set in Wales, from Giancarlo Gemin. A heart-warming tale of friendship, community, family…and finding happiness until the cows come home. You’ll never see cows in quite the same way again... come and hear Giancarlo read from the book and teach you a few things about cows that you probably never knew!

(Age 8-12)

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Gareth P Jones

Friday 31st October 11-12.30pm and 2-3.30pm

A Victorian funeral parlour might seem like an unlikely setting for a children's book, but in fact it makes the perfect background for this spooky supernatural tale from Blue Peter Award winning author Gareth P Jones.

Ghosts, Ukuleles & a Dead Chicken

Gareth P Jones presents a short story in which you decide what happens next. Helly Hoxton & the Ghost Chicken of Highgate is based on the book, Constable & Toop and poses the questions: Should the orphan enter the cemetery? What will the chisel write on the gravestone? And how can a chicken be a ghost? A spooky, funny & unique event with actual ghost music performed live… or maybe that should be dead.

Become a spooky character and have your face painted too.

(Age 7-12)

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Matt Brown

Wednesday 12th November

Roll up, roll up for the Compton Valance Show! Travel back in time to the Jurassic period, Victorian era and more with children’s author and radio DJ, Matt Brown. Hear all about the inspiration behind this terrifically funny series and some brilliant tips on writing, as well as creating fun character names.

Join us for a fun-filled festival celebrating children’s books at our state-of-the-art public library, The Forum Southend-on-Sea, get creative and meet some inspiring children’s authors. There will be something for everyone...

Booking Details:

All tickets will be £3 (accompanying adult goes free) and includes refreshments and book signing.

For more information download the brochure.

All sessions need to be booked in advance on EventBrite

Come prepared, signed books will be available for purchase on the day.

Under 8’s must be accompanied, if children over 8 are to be left alone, please supply a contact name and number on the day.

Please arrive 10 mins before the start of event.

Unable to book online? Please call 01702 212573

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