Our first Festival of Children’s Literature will take place at Kestle Barton this July 2016.
Saturday July 16 will be our grand Family Day, open to all, with plenty of interesting workshops, activities and FUN.
Writer Christopher William Hill will introduce his wonderful series of books set in the rather gothic town of Schwartzgarten. One teacher says,’ I’m recommending this book to the children I work with, confident they’ll be delighted by the sly wit, the adventures, the relationships, the horror-movie schlock, the sumptuous food … and, above all, Hill’s mischievous sleight of hand and vivid storytelling.’
Mary Evans has been writing very funny versions of the Greek God tales for children and we will have a sneak pre-publication introduction to the hilarious tales she has to tell in Who Let the Gods Out?
Chris Higgins will be launching the latest in her quirky and entertaining, My Funny Family series of books; this one is My Funny Family Down Under.
Illustrator Theo Carter-Weber will lead a workshop in which the children will produce and illustrate short stories and Lucy Grant will lead other creative activities.
In the afternoon, local children’s author, Judy Scrimshaw, will be sharing her adventures of Morgowr, the Sea Giant in a marquee in the garden and The Story Republicans will be popping up here, there and everywhere with poetry, songs and stories to entertain all ages.
Our gallery and garden will be open as usual with no entry charge. The Festival coincides with an exhibition of paintings by Nicola Bealing, 'Death & Circuses' (9 July - 4 September) based on some rather dark stories she has unearthed in Helston Museum’s archive. The children’s workshops and activities will cost only £4 for each child – for a whole day of interest and fun.
Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England