School children invited to Meet the Author events

Children from Derby City schools will have the chance to meet award-winning children’s authors and illustrators, at two Derby Book Festival events in June.

One will be with Marcia Williams who has written and illustrated numerous books including two books about the First and Second World Wars: Archie’s War and My Secret War Diary by Flossie Albright.

The other is with author Philip Reeve and author/illustrator Sarah McIntyre who have created a number of award winning books.

They are best known for Oliver and the Seawigs, Cakes in Space, and Pugs of the Frozen North. Their latest novel is Jinks and O’Hare Funfair Repair. Their events are zany and fun and the children can look forward to being entertained and enthused.

Liz Fothergill, chair of the festival, said: “The aim is to inspire children’s love of reading by enabling them to meet their favourite authors: an opportunity which we believe will stay with them forever.

“We have chosen authors who will inspire the children, in particular we hope Marcia Williams’ event will give them a better understanding of the impact of war and will make a visit to the Tower of London Poppies: Weeping Window exhibition at The Silk Mill even more significant.”

Also linked to the Poppies exhibition in the city will be a talk by author, Hilary Robinson and illustrator, Martin Impey who will be appearing in QUAD on June 10 to talk about their delightful picture book, Where the Poppies Now Grow.

The meet-the-author events have been sponsored by Derby firm Cosy Direct – a supplier of ethical educational supplies – and every infant and primary school will receive invitations for six children from Years 2 to 6 and two adults to each of the events at Derby Theatre.

The children will have the opportunity to hear the authors talk about their books, writing and illustrating, and then to ask questions. The authors will also sign books after the events.

Secondary school pupils won’t miss out. Year 7 students will be invited to meet author Christopher Edge at the University of Derby.

Christopher’s previous novel The Many Worlds of Albie Bright was described by The Times as proving “the theory that novels about science can be enormous fun”.

His latest novel The Jamie Drake Equation again has a science theme, this time about having an astronaut for a dad.

Throughout the festival there will be a range of events for children and families, full details of which will be announced when the festival programme is launched on Tuesday, 11 April, at a special Derby Reads event in QUAD.

The event is free, but ticketed, available at the festival website or from the Festival Box Office at QUAD.