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Fancy a sunny, seaside weekend?

Photo courtesy of Gary Shield on Flickr

It’s the Brighton Festival this weekend.  We were really hoping to go but Milo has had a stinker of a cold and is still quite unsettled so we are sticking at home unfortunately. But, that’s no reason to stop any of you going and with some fantastic author events with just a few tickets left, I’d get packing super smart. Here are just a couple of the highlights:

Patrick Ness in conversation with Laura Atkins on Sunday 10 May (for 12+)

Patrick Ness

Patrick Ness

Tod Hewitt is the last boy in Prentisstown. But Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in a never ending noise. There is no privacy. There are no secrets. Or are there? The second instalment of Patrick Ness’s award-winning Chaos Walking trilogy Ask and the Answer will be out in May. Patrick discusses his gripping Philip Pullman-meets-Huck Finn crossover fantasy thriller with children’s writing expert Laura Atkins.

Illustrators evening on Friday 08 May (for adults only)

Illustrators Evening

Illustrators evening

The apparent simplicity of the picture book form masks a highly skilled discipline. How do you tell a coherent story primarily through line and colour? Sharing their trade secrets on everything from concept to composition are Axel Scheffler, awardwinning illustrator of The Gruffalo; Polly Dunbar, author / illustrator of Penguin and Flyaway Katie; and Chris Fisher, creator of A Chair for Baby Bear. For students, professionals or anyone interested in the art of illustration.

I’ve checked the weather forecast and it is going to be sunny all over the weekend, so should be perfect weather for some children’s literature, wonderful authors and seaside fun!

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