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New 2010 festival site

With things now moving on at super-fast speed, you can now see what’s going on at this year’s festival over on our brand new Crystal Palace Children’s Book Festival site.

It’s excitingly orange, and there’s all sorts of new features, such as interviews. So go on over there now and have a look!


The 2010 festival is go!

A little bit of updating of the logo and information is required, but other than that, the big news is that 2010’s festival is stirring into life. We’re holding it a bit later in the year this time, on Saturday October 23rd to be precise. There are many reasons for this, but the main one is to allow me (that’s Alex Milway) time to write/illustrate books, be a dad for the first time, and plan the line-up properly.

I have a little bit of rather brilliant help this year, and I’ll talk more about who that is later. Suffice to say, the festival will be bigger and better than last year, with some amazing writers and illustrators taking part.

So put it in your diaries now. It’s a day you won’t want to miss.

What a day!


What can I say? After five months of planning and a frantic final week, the book festival came and went and was a resounding success.

The art and writing workshops in the library were fully booked, with children drawing some brilliant monsters and comics. One of the visitors has already posted their creations online here, and if you want to see what a Ninja Pie looks like, click that link now!

Fiona, Katie, Kathryn, Ben, Emily and all the staff at the library did a fantastic job of managing it all, so thanks goes out to them. And of course, all the artists and writers who ran the workshops deserve a special thank you. Tom Percival, Salvatore Rubbino, Sarah Horne, Alexander Gordon Smith, Emma Vieceli, Kate Brown, Viv Schwarz, Garen Ewing, David O’Connell, Gary Northfield, Paul Duffield and Sarah McIntyre. We’ve already received a lot of excellent feedback and it would seem that all the people taking part had a thoroughly great time.

palace festival readers

Of course, we also had readings throughout the day in the Bookseller Crow, and it was lovely to see the effect that a writer reading aloud can have on a group. Everyone was uniformly excellent, and I learnt such a lot from watching these talented folk. Sue Eves started the day with her terrific puppet Woofy, who had us all laughing. She was followed by Viv Schwarz, Guy Bass and Sarah Horne.

The afternoon started off with me and a Dum Dum Mouse, and continued with the excellent Sam Enthoven, Alexander Gordon Smith and Sarwat Chadda, who closed the proceedings in fine form.

The best part of the day for me was seeing children watch a number of authors who they didn’t know, and ultimately buy their books at the end. I’d always hoped that people might hang around, see something new and like it, and they did. That was the atmosphere I’d always wanted to create, and with the help of Jon and Justine at the bookshop – and of course, James with his double deck of Gramophones – I think we pulled it off.

jamesAnd last but not least, there was the exhibition in Smash Bang Wallop. Thanks to Andy and Liz for their help. The exhibition initially set me going on this festival adventure and without that I’d never have done a thing. It was a joy seeing such great artwork all together.

With all the support of the publishers – Faber & Faber, Walker Books, Puffin, and of course Stripes, who really got into the spirit of things – it was a truly great day to remember. Roll on next year!

Sam Enthoven joins the line-up!

blacktatpb A last minute announcement is that Sam Enthoven will be joining the afternoon line-up. There was just enough space to squeeze in the author of the Black Tattoo and the brilliant TIM Defender of the Earth.

So come hear him talk in the Bookseller Crow bookshop after Alex Milway at about 2.20pm. We’ll do our best to keep to schedule, but you never know what other exciting events might crop up! Be prepared for a few surprises along the way.

Here we go!

Now the Festival website is fully functional, you can see exactly what’s going on. As you’ll notice, we’ve got together the best authors and illustrators to provide free entertainment throughout Saturday 25th April!

Check out the line-up of authors reading and signing in the Bookseller Crow!

Book your place at the wonderful free workshops running throughout the day in Upper Norwood Joint Library!

And take a nose at the ever-growing list of illustrators and comic artists whose work will be on display in the exhibition!

The Festival is shaping up to be an amazing day in Crystal Palace, so put it in your diaries now!

The first poster

dinosaur poster

It’s official!

Hello everyone. This is where all the exciting information relating to the Crystal Palace Children’s Book Festival will be displayed and announced, as and when things are finalised.

There’s already so much booked. Next time I post I’ll reveal who will be coming to the Palace!