STREAM South London Book Festival patron and former Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman OBE, and author and illustrator Marcia Williams help celebrate Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary at this year’s Festival. Malorie Blackman will discuss her most recent Young Adult book Chasing the Stars, a retelling of Othello set in the future, in conversation with author Tony Bradman. Younger readers can enjoy the perfect introduction to the Bard with Marcia Williams and her marvellous book Bravo, Mr William Shakespeare! – a real treat, which magically turns Shakespeare’s plays in to gorgeous, colourful, witty cartoon strips.
Also headlining in our main venue, we have the wonderful Judith Kerr OBE, author of The Tiger Who Came to Tea and When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, with her new book Mr Cleghorn’s Seal. Judith Kerr will be in conservation with Children’s Books Reviewer of The Sunday Times, Nicolette Jones.
Our youngest audience can enjoy Winnie the Pooh’s 90th Birthday celebrations, while elsewhere there are stories of pirates, dinosaurs, dogs, ducks and witches, and drop-in sessions where parents can relax while children draw and enjoy stories, song and rhyme. Children can learn to love beetles in a fantastic opening session with M G Leonard’s Beetle Boy. It’s bonfire night and, appropriately, Ally Sherrick’s Black Powder tells the story of a life-and-death quest filled with history and adventure. Readers can meet Ciaran Murtagh, author of the hilarious Fincredible Diaries of Fin Spencer, reviewed in The Guardian as ‘Full of clever wordplay and jokes. The kids love it!’ and The Times: ‘He creates stories that defy gravity’. Those who want to explore creative writing can join a workshop with award-winning poet Abigail Parry or author Sara Grant for a Crash-Course in Creative Writing for Teens. Teen readers will enjoy Natasha Farrant with Lydia: The Wild Girl of Pride and Prejudice, or the myth and magic of Kiran Millwood Hargrave’s The Girl of Ink and Stars, and fans of crime fiction can explore the science behind Agatha Christie’s murders with A is for Arsenic by Kathryn Harkup.
STREAM2016 takes place on Saturday, 5 November at Streatham & Clapham High School, SW16 1AW and there is something for every reader, from nursery-school age to Young Adult, including talks, readings, book signings, competitions, workshops and events. STREAM is FREE and open to all. You can see the full line-up on www.STREAM2016.co.uk. There is an on-site bookshop and fantastic food supplied by stalls from Norwood Feast.
Many of the events are now fully booked. However, on the day there is often a few seats available at events. We release any available places to non-ticket holders just before each event begins.