British Library's Wonderlands Festival delivers bank holiday bonanza of children's literature

By Culture24 Reporter | 16 August 2012
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The British Library’s current survey of British literature and landscape, Wastelands to Wonderlands, may feature a wondrous cast of writers, poets and novelists, but this bank holiday event aimed at kids assembles a similarly impressive roster of children’s writers and illustrators.

The Wonderlands festival is a three-day party celebrating children’s books in the company of some of Britain’s most iconic children’s writers including former children’s laureates Michael Morpurgo, Michael Rosen, and Anthony Browne.

They will be joined by the current laureate, Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson, for what promises to be a memorable weekend of talking, reading, drawing and even some singing and dancing aimed at ages five to 13.

Michael Rosen will team up with DJ and poet Charlie Dark for a morning of verses and stories about where we come from and are going to, and Warhorse author Michael Morpurgo will be telling tales inspired by the natural world and landscapes.

Poets Valerie Bloom and John Lyons will be on hand to encourage kids to whoop and shout in an afternoon of poetry, stories and noise, while the antics of CBeebies favourite Rastamouse will be brought to life courtesy of his creators Genevieve Webster and Michael De Souza.

A free storytelling tent will give families a literary chill-out zone to hear stories and relax in between all the events.

For the full programme see the Wonderlands Festival page. For individual event and ticket details visit the British Library website events pages.
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