Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Manchester Children's Book Festival 2015

Coming up at Manchester Children's Book Festival 2015:

2015 Manchester Children’s Book Festival



TV’s Sam & Mark 01/07/15

We’re absolutely delighted that TV presenters and now authors Sam Nixon and Mark Rhodes – better known as “Sam & Mark” – will be joining our programme and launching their first children’s book, The Adventures of Long Arm, at the 2015 Manchester Children’s Book Festival. When Ricky Mitre, a young boy who is always in trouble, accidently gets his arm stuck down the U-bend of the staff toilet and emerges with a super long arm, his adventures as a brand-new “superkid” are just beginning… Meet the duo and hear more about the adventures of Ricky and his best friend Sam – and maybe also a little bit about two other best friends, who’ve had some pretty impressive adventures. 

Wednesday 1st July, 2pm, MMU Geoffrey Manton Building. £3.50 per ticket. Click here to book, or call our box office on 0843 208 0500. Special offers available for schools groups – contact mcbf@mmu.ac.uk or 0161 247 2424 for details.


Alex Scarrow at Central Library 02/07/15

In keeping with our Time Travel theme, we’re thrilled to have Alex Scarrow joining our 2015 Festival line-up. Alex’s TimeRiders series follows the adventures of Liam, Maddy and Sal, recruited by an agency that no-one knows exists with only one purpose: to fix broken history – to travel back in time and change the past. Join us at Manchester Central Library for this special MCBF event to hear Alex reading from and talking about the series – and signing books afterwards. There’ll also be an opportunity to browse the Library’s amazing Archives+ resources before the event begins. Thursday 2nd July, 6pm, Manchester Central Library. £3.50 per ticket. Click here to book, or call our box office on 0843 208 0500. Special offers available for schools groups – contact mcbf@mmu.ac.uk or 0161 247 2424 for details.


Meet “Queen of Teen” James Dawson 05/07/15

We can’t wait to meet James Dawson – author of teen thrillers including his new novel Under My Skin. His non-fiction includes Being A Boy, which takes a frank and funny approach to puberty, sex and relationships, and This Book is Gay, an inclusive and uncensored look at what it’s like to grow up LGBT. He has previously worked as a teacher, specialising in PHSCE and behaviour, and his work has been translated into more than ten languages. James is the reigning UK Queen of Teen and was appointed a Stonewall School Role Model in 2014. Come and meet him at Waterstones.

Saturday 4th July, 2.30pm, Waterstones Manchester Deansgate. £3.50 per ticket. Click here to book, or call our box office on 0843 208 0500.


FREE Manchester Children’s Poetry Weekend

With support from Arts Council England, we’re thrilled to be celebrating new poetry for children by letting its stars into Manchester on the weekend of Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th July. We’ll be taking over city centre venues for two full days of FREE readings and activities – Manchester Central Library on the Saturday, and Waterstones Manchester Deansgate on the Sunday. Drop in to see children’s poetry stars performing their work and join in arts and crafts. There’ll also be open floor slots, so you can come along and read a poem, too. Guest poets who'll be taking part include Dominic "Dommy B" BerryMandy CoeChrissie Gittins and Robert Paul Weston. We'll also be inviting bookshops, libraries, schools and reading groups to set up their own children’s poetry events across the city and beyond – and we’ll be out at Simply Books in Bramhall and Urmston Bookshop for special activities on Saturday 4th, too. For the full schedule of poetry events and to find out how to take part click “What’s On” or visit our MCBF “Get Involved” page. Come and join us as we let in the stars of children’s poetry.

Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th July. FREE – booking not required – just drop in.


MCBF in the City

Join our friends at Manchester’s museums, galleries, theatres, libraries

Watch out for some brilliant special MCBF events at our partner venues across the city during the 2015 Festival. There are Ladybird Books Football Badge Making and Going to the Match Family Tours at the National Football Museum, a whole day of Musical Tales at the Royal Northern College of Music, Family Book Day at Ordsall Hall, the Royal Exchange Theatre’s special production Flicker and the Flying Books, PuppetCraft presenting Michael Rosen’s Monkey! at Z-arts, storytime at Waterstones and Tiny Tots & Toddler Time and an Archive+ drop-in at Manchester Central Library. We’ll see you there!

For full details, including dates, times, venues and booking where required, see: http://www.mcbf.org.uk/whats-on/events


Get involved

To browse the full 2015 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. 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. Why not imagine yourself as a time traveller and tell us a story about where – and when – you’d like to visit, whether it’s in the distant past or the far future. Download an entry form and enter our Compton Valance Time Travel Comic Strip Competition. And, wherever you are in the world, you can also take part in our International Reading & Writing Relay – tell us what you’ve been reading, and send us your stories, poems, drawings, photos - and keep the relay going. 


We look forward to seeing you there!


The Manchester Children's Book Festival Team


The Manchester Children’s Book Festival

Manchester Metropolitan University

Rosamond Street West | Off Oxford Road | Manchester | M15 6LL

Tel: +44 (0) 161 247 2424

E-mail: mcbf@mmu.ac.uk

Browse our website: www.mcbf.org.uk

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Working with Readwell to put books onto shelves at Manchester Children’s Hospital School.

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