Plenty to see and do in the Welsh capital for young fans of the written word
Photo: © Huw John, Cardiff
Little bookworms and their families will be spoilt for choice for things to see and do, as the Cardiff Children’s Literature Festival comes to the Welsh capital from 30th March to 7th April.
Taking place in venues across the city – including the City Hall, Cardiff Central Library, and Cardiff Castle – the event will be packed with talks, storytelling sessions, hands-on activities, and more.
Welsh author and BBC Wales presenter, Lucy Owen, will be inspiring youngsters when she chats about her underwater fantasy book The Sea House. Lucy will be appearing alongside talented illustrator Rebecca Harry, who brought the world and characters in The Sea House to life with her fantastic artwork.
The festival programme also includes a session with TV regular and British paralympian Ade Adepitan as he presents his new book Ade’s Amazing Ade-ventures, a discussion about Bad Nana by the title’s author and illustrator Sophy Henn, and a fabulously funny exploration by stand-up comedian and writer Catherine Wilkins on her new book, When Good Geeks Go Bad.
You can also head back in time across thousands of years with Chae Strathie as he talks about his hilarious history book A Kid’s Life in Ancient Egypt, or set out on an adventure across the ocean waves with the motley crew of wordsmith Jonny Duddle’s The Pirates of Scurvy Sands.
Meanwhile, Welsh author Gavin Puckett will talk about his funny horse-themed kids’ books, and lead young festival-goers in games and activities.
Families can also take part in an exciting kid-friendly introduction to the world of opera, have a go at making some fairy-themed crafts in a Welsh-language session led by Nia Gruffydd, or learn all about honey bees with author and Aberaeron native, Caryl Lewis.
Other highlights of the Cardiff festival include a creative writing workshop for wannabe wordsmiths aged 10 and over with author Natasha Farrant, along with a Welsh writing workshop with Manon Steffan Ros. You can also learn how to draw all your favourite characters from the long-running Beano comic in a masterclass with illustrator Nigel Auchterlounie, or take part in a Gruffalo-themed storytelling and activity session.
• Cardiff Children’s Literature Festival, 30th March-7th April.
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