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
Nearly there

Nearly there

In a little under a week First News will be kicking off this year’s festival, with a highly interactive journalism workshop. This year is the first year that we have decided to include non-fiction based sessions, and we’re dleighted that First News will be... read more
Let the celebrations begin

Let the celebrations begin

The absolutely lovely Elissa Elwick dropped into Chicken and Frog Bookshop today, to create a beautiful ‘Leafy the Pet Leaf’ window. Not only does the art work celebrate our festival, which will be kicking off in just a few weeks, but it’s also part... read more
Phoenix

Phoenix

You may have noticed that our sponsor list is looking very healthy and we are incredibly grateful to all of those businesses and individuals who have chosen to support us this year. The latest additions to the list are the Brentwood Breakfast Rotary, who worked with... read more