Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Manchester Children's Book Festival

Time Travel has been announced as the theme for the Manchester Children's Book Festival, details below:

The Manchester Children’s Book Festival is back!


You might not have been expecting to see us again until 2016 but, due to popular demand, the Manchester Children's Book Festival is back, and now an annual event. We're really pleased to be able to bring you our 2015 programme, taking place at Manchester Metropolitan University and in our partner venues across the city


To browse the programme and book your tickets go to www.mcbf.org.uk and click “What’s On” or call our box office on 0843 208 0500.


Our theme for 2015 is time travel, inspired by our headline book series Compton Valance, which sees Compton visit different time periods using his magical mouldy sandwich. Look out for Compton (and his sandwich) at our MMU Family Fun Day and at events in Manchester libraries, museums, galleries and theatres. You can also tell us where (or when) you'd like to visit in our Time Travel Comic Strip Competition


We're proud to maintain MCBF as a festival for everyone and, with special thanks to our sponsors and partners, we’re able to offer many free events and also keep ticket prices as affordable as possible. We are also pleased to continue with special projects that enable the broadest possible audience to engage with literature and the arts, and provide opportunities for creative expression. The Festival is a chance to highlight the year-round work of our outreach and schools' liaison teams in the Humanities faculty at MMU; we'll be taking authors, artists and performers into classrooms, and bringing pupils into the university on our Multi-cultural Manchester day, for workshops designed to raise aspirations and confidence in young people - and inspire the festival stars of tomorrow! There'll be plenty of opportunities to meet the stars of today, too, in our programme of author events, culminating in our big “Let in the Stars” Children's Poetry Weekend. More news on that coming soon!


We hope you'll agree that 2015 is one of our most interactive programmes yet, with lots of opportunities for you to use your imagination and share your creations, whether you're writing, drawing, reading out loud ... or even dressing up! And you don't have to come to Manchester to get involved. Wherever you are in the world, you can take part in our International Reading & Writing Relay. Send us your stories, poems, drawings, photos - and keep the relay going. 


We’ll be in touch with more news and updates as the Festival approaches.


We're looking forward to MCBF 2015 - and hope you can join us there. 


Dame Carol Ann Duffy, James Draper and Kaye Tew
Directors: The Manchester Children's Book Festival 

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