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The Children’s Book Festival is in the press again!

Algernon in his diving suit, by Alex Milway

Algernon in his diving suit, by Alex Milway

We got a lovely write up in News Shopper the other day, including loads of great pictures from all the talented artists taking part in the workshops and exhibition. Alex was on hand as always to offer some pithy quotes, including:

You can come along and take part and actually make something yourself, or you can go to the bookshop where every half hour there’ll be an author reading.

It’s more like going to a music festival. You can stand in front of a stage and watch people you might not have heard of. You’ll get the chance to experience new things.

Read the full article and interview on the News Shopper website.

Viviane Schwarz's many cats

Viviane Schwarz's many cats

The excellent Puffin children’s blog gave a plug to the festival as well, giving a special mention to their very own Sarwat Chadda. He’s one of their brand new writers, and we’re being given a sneak preview of his first book, The Devil’s Kiss, before it even officially hits the shops.

Make sure you don’t miss the chance to meet Puffin’s next big literary star! We’re very lucky they let us have him! Sarwat will be doing an exclusive reading from his book over at the Bookseller Crow at 3.20pm. Find out more about the schedule of readings here.


Alex Milway interviewed in the Bookseller!

The Bookseller interview Alex the other day about the Children’s Book Festival. Here’s what he had to say for himself:

It’s very easy for us writers to sit back and expect the world to come to us. I wanted to see what might happen if we got did something like this for ourselves. Why wait to be asked to take part in a festival or event, when you can set one up for yourself?

We quite agree!

[The Bookseller]

Alexander Gordon Smith in The Times

furnacelockdownIf you haven’t yet signed up for Alexander Gordon Smith’s Horror Workshop, now’s the time to do it – before all the places are gone! He’s just been reviewed in The Times! The writer had this to say about his latest book – Furnace: Lockdown:

Fears of imprisonment are a strong strain for older readers, and Alexander Gordon Smith’s Furnace: Lockdown (Faber & Faber, £6.99), a prison “where death is the least of your worries”, is an adrenalin-packed thriller for teens that grumpy boys will gulp down as escapism.

The latest Skullduggery Pleasant book – The Faceless Ones – by Derek Landy (HarperCollins) also got a nice review (it’s “fast and funny” apparently).

If you’d like to meet the illustrator of those excellent Skullduggery covers, Tom Percival will be running the Zombie Drawing Workshop – and his artwork will also be on display in our Exhibition, which is running from Friday 24th April – Sunday 26th April at Smash Bang Wallop

You can read the full article here.

Don’t forget to check out all the other excellent workshops on offer!


Crystal Palace Children’s Book Festival featured on Boing Boing!

Cory Doctorow has very kindly featured us in that venerable directory of wonderful things, Boing Boing! Hello if you’re visiting us from that site – please do feel free to sign yourself up for a workshop, or simply take a look around at the many excellent events we’ve gone and organised.

And don’t forget – it’s all FREE!

You can see the Boing Boing piece here.