Last Call

Last Call

After a little under a year of planning, the second Brentwood Children’s Literary Festival has drawn to a close. It’s been an exhausting, exciting and rewarding eight days. We ended with a jam-packed schedule of three events today, beginning with Gareth P Jones. You... read more
Tyrannosaurus Big Pants

Tyrannosaurus Big Pants

About a year or so ago, we met Nicky Dee and her fantastic dinosaur books. What we loved about the books was that each one focuses on a chosen dinosaur, without dumbing the information down. And, as a series, the books follow the same format, making them feel at once... read more
Witches, Zombies and More!

Witches, Zombies and More!

The morning began in the usual way, but who was to know that Brentwood would soon be visited by so many witches? And who would have guessed that for an unsuspecting member of the audience, their inner-witch was soon to be released? That’s what happened when James... read more
Leafy Meets Alice

Leafy Meets Alice

Day 5 has come to a close. On the one hand, it feels like the festival has been running for an eternity, but on the other, it’s difficult to fathom that we are five days in. So, what was on offer to day? Well, we began the morning with Philip Ardagh and Elissa Elwick.... read more
The Case of the Mysteriously Agile Beard

The Case of the Mysteriously Agile Beard

An odd title for today’s blog, to reflect the eclectic mix of events that were on offer on this, day four of the festival. We began this morning with John Kirk’s telling of The Twits. The theatre was packed – seriously, we needed extra chairs. The enthralled audience... read more
Kids and Foxes

Kids and Foxes

Now there are two things that I wouldn’t recommend you putting together, however, this week it worked out well. Yesterday morning we welcomed Alastair, self-proclaimed super fan of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid and host extraordinaire, of the Wimpy Kid Roadshow. The... read more
The Wish Game

The Wish Game

Sunday mornings are usually a time for snoozing, maybe eating a substantial breakfast and generally resting before the next working week begins. But not so for Lara Williamson…well, not this Sunday anyway. Lara didn’t come alone. Apart from her lovely... read more
BRENTWOOD BRINGS BOOKS BACK

BRENTWOOD BRINGS BOOKS BACK

That’s the headline I have *ahem* borrowed, from one of the children who attended the First News session this morning. It’s pretty great isn’t it! Charlie, from the First News team trekked across London this morning, to deliver a fascinating session... read more
Last Leg

Last Leg

Picture the scene: A mid-Autumn afternoon, in a cosy bookshop. Brentwood, Essex. Natasha: I think we should put on a children’s lit festival. Jim: No. (weerily). Fast forward two or three weeks. Jim: Maybe we should… Papers fly around in a whirlwind of... read more