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The Queen’s Park Book Festival returns this June with children’s workshops, storytelling, book cover designing and more…

After the successful relaunch of the Queen’s Park Book Festival last year, the 2019 edition will take place on the weekend of 29 – 30 June. It’s the only London book festival held solely in a public park and is bringing back its tented village and pop-up book shop (run by Queen’s Park Books) for another weekend of lively literary action.

Set to host 80 authors and 30 top notch events over the two days, across 3 stages, the organisers have once more gathered a stellar line up of writers and guests, including Howard Jacobson, Jonathan Coe, Linda Grant, Sadie Jones, Damian Barr, Catherine Heaney, Simon Mayo, Ed Miliband and Marina Hyde, to name but a few. 

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Images (L-R): Linda Grant, Sadie Jones, Yvonne Bailey-Smith

The 2019 programme will once again also offer young audiences and families a host of engaging workshops, storytelling sessions and other fun activities and we’ve got the low down on what’s happening.

This time around there is a focus on workshops led by popular children’s authors and illustrators for which you’ll need to book places for your kids – a nominal ticket price is being charged but you can redeem it against the price of any book at Queen’s Park Bookshop on Salusbury Road.

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Howard Jacobson

Some highlights we’ve spotted so far include a FANGTASTICAL CREATURES interactive storytelling and character creation workshop with author and illustrator Laura Ellen Anderson, known for her Amelia Fang children’s series. Her slightly spooky workshop will include a group ‘draw-along’, a chance to invent new creatures and design book covers.

Usborne’s Write Your Own Story Masterclass is presented by Andy Prentice, a children’s writer and fantasy novelist, who will take aspiring young writers through a story-writing workshop, using Usborne’s new Write Your Own Story Book – learn all about bringing characters to life, writing twisting plots and imagining fantasy worlds. 

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There will also be a comic-making workshop from the legendary BEANO, featuring classic characters, cheeky story lines and a how-to session on comic book storyboarding – and another session on re-telling the classics which will be led by local children’s author Lou Kuenzler who was super popular at the 2018 festival. 

Further family fun (this bit all totally free!) will be focused around the ‘Imagination Station’, which will feature daily face-painting, a children’s entertainer, storytelling and a workspace for children of all ages to design and create their own stories, with all the materials needed to colour, paint, sticker and glitter their way to their own masterpieces. 

There will also be children’s book poster give aways and a collaboration with The Book Project, who are asking families to donate their unwanted, good condition second hand children’s books to their charity, which ensures everyone can fire up their imaginations and learn through reading.

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Tickets for the festival and individual sessions are on sale now and available via queensparkbookfestival.co.uk or Queen’s Park Books on Salusbury Road. 

We’ll see you in the park! 


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