We are delighted to be a platinum sponsor of Bournville BookFest 2019. The Festival has come to Blue Coat for the last two years but this year we will be hosting the final weekend which is jam-packed with goodies! There is an amazing programme planned with a whole host of notable authors, poets and illustrators due to attend. Although many events have now sold out there are still tickets available for several sessions on both the Saturday and Sunday – read on for a taster of what still has tickets available to purchase.

Hear performance poet Joseph Coelho, one of the UK’s greatest up and coming poets for children. His story about Luna, who loves library day with her Dad tells of exploring the shelves to find magic and mystery. Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam have packed up their pots and pans and are baking a spectacular gingerbread Eiffel Tower for a posh Parisian art gallery but someone has pilfered the main masterpiece! Join Tracey Corderoy and Steven Lenton as they introduce their latest book with interactive games and drawing. If you like detective stories, you’ll enjoy meeting Daisy and Hazel, the feisty heroines of Robin Stevens’ brilliant Detective Society series for ideas on how to create the perfect mystery.  Highly popular last year and taking place in the Festival Marquee is the chance to challenge some of the best illustrators to make your ideas come to life on the big screen. Illustrators Andy Baker, Steven Lenton, James Mayhew and Antonio Reche-Martinez will go head to head to speed-draw crazy characters, awesome actions and powerful plots!

If you enjoyed the BBC’s Dynasties and Planet Earth series, you will want to hear wildlife expert Michael Leach talk about his experience with a family of mountain gorillas in Rwanda. Michael will explain how to get close to these charismatic characters and communicate with these gentle, intelligent primates. From the real to the magical, why not visit Steven Butler’s Nothing to See Here Hotel, a hotel for magical creatures where weird is the norm. Craig Denston returns to Blue Coat to show how to turn card into animals, monsters and fantastical creatures. Craig, a master of mask-making and the talent behind many of the Rep’ stage creations will be in the Art Room running workshops on Sunday afternoon.

So as you can see there is still lots to enjoy, don’t miss out book your tickets this weekend!

Mrs Dredger