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Celebrate books in Barnt Green

Posted on January 31 2019 at 1:22:49


A brand new festival is coming to Barnt Green this spring, promising a fabulous day of giggles, drawing, amazing storytelling, and a wonderful chance for children to meet their favourite authors.

Barnt Green BookFest is a spin-off from Bournville BookFest, which has had many requests to bring its events to a wider area.

It’s organised by Busy Parents Network, a not-for-profit CIC founded by Sarah Mullen, who wanted to run fun, high-quality and affordable events for families to enjoy together.

Bournville BookFest began in 2013 and has grown to include 120 events over 10 days.

This year, three one-day events – Barnt Green BookFest, Solihull BookFest and Sutton Coldfield BookFest – have joined the BookFest family, so that the team can bring authors, artists, storytelling events and workshops to even more children.

Barnt Green BookFest takes place on Saturday March 16 at St Andrews Parish Centre, and is sponsored by Oulsnam estate agents, who have supported the Bournville events since 2013.

Steven Lenton, illustrator of World Book Day edition Cruella and Cadpig, will be doing a live draw-along show for two- to six-year-olds.

Steven will also appear together with author Tracey Corderoy, with their picture book Shifty McGifty and the Missing Masterpiece (ideal for kids aged three to seven).

Catherine Doyle will present The Storm Keeper’s Island, a spellbinding adventure book for seven- to 12-year-olds, and there’s also a How to Write Funny Stories workshop, with comic Ian Billings, who wrote the scripts for CBeebies’ Gigglebiz and ChuckleVision. Perfect for seven- to 12-year-olds who want to make their mates laugh!

The full programme and tickets are available from

Pictured: Steven Lenton and Tracey Corderoy

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