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...

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...

Breaking News

We have exciting news! The festival has been extended by a day, so that we can fit in two more cracking events for you. On Sunday 30th July, you can sign up for a writing workshop with Lisa Thompson, author of The Goldfish Boy, and you can join Gareth P.Jones, for...

It’s the final countdown

We’re heading for Venus (Venus)…sorry, I got caught in an 80’s big-hair rock loop. I’ve wrangled myself free from the hairspray and bandanas, to let you know that we are almost ready to go live with this year’s schedule. Tickets will be...

Tickets, tickets!

Tickets will be available from 1st February at 10:00am. All you need to do is visit the author page that interests you, click on the ticket button and it will lead you through the online booking process. Alternatively, the Brentwood Theatre box office is open Monday...

STOP PRESS!

Oh my goodness, we’re thrilled to add James Nicol (The Apprentice Witch) to the list of authors joining us this summer! Watch this space for the last few…  

And So It Begins

It’s hard to believe that half a year has been and gone since we wished everyone a fond farewell. But, now we’re back with news of this year’s festival! The schedule is already pretty full, with just a few spaces, so we thought that it was about time...

A Fond Farewell

I can’t believe that I’m typing the very last blog post of this year’s festival. The week has sped past so quickly in some respects, whilst in others it feels like the festival has been running for months! We ended our run at Brentwood Theatre...

Day of the Dinosaurs

There was a very clear theme yesterday; dinosaurs ruled the day. We began with David O’Connell, who spoke about some of his books and the way that his role varies. Sometimes he illustrates, sometimes he writes, sometimes he does both…he’s a very busy...

Close Encounters of Edwin and Charlie

Energy is high, as we near the end of the week. On one level, we are exhausted, but on another, we’re running on adrenalin and that will do. We can sleep on Sunday! Our first event of the day, was with Julie Irwin (aka J.D.Irwin). Julie is the author of the...

The Story of the Bear and the Swan

Welcome to our daily festival blog. Today’s schedule was a little different from our format so far. Instead of two author events, we took Bizzy Bear to Brentwood Library this morning and then took Nikki Sheehan to Brentwood Theatre, in the afternoon. The Bizzy...

From Geekhood to Parenthood

We’ve made it to Tuesday! This may not be the greatest sounding of achievements, but there’s been a lot going on, so the fact that Tuesday has been and (almost) gone, with Wednesday clear in our sight, is pretty impressive. What have we been up to today I...

Whispers of a Poet

            Now, if you came along today, you will know that our poet, A.F.Harrold, did not whisper. I am sure that he is capable of doing so, if push comes to shove, but as a general rule, he does not. However, we were also visited by Karen...

Chasing Dreams

What an amazing, busy weekend we’ve had! Yesterday I blogged about a jam-packed Friday and Saturday and now, after a long, but incredibly happy day dear reader, I shall tell you what we’ve been up to today. This morning we were joined by Sara Grant at...

Nuns, Beasties, Spacemen and Knights!

        No, this is not the title of some odd, indie sit-com. Rather, it is the (equally odd) summary of the past two days. Perhaps an explanation may help? So, on Friday evening, we were joined by Christopher William Hill, at Hogarth Primary...

Mermaids and Teenagers

Unless you live under a rock, or far, far away, you will know that yesterday was HOT. Yes, that’s right. It was so hot that it warranted capitalisation. Extreme heat + end of term = sweaty, slightly grumpy teenagers. You can’t deny it. And who can blame...

Calling Book Bloggers

Are you a book blogger? If you are, we are offering a free pair of tickets to any event of your choice from the 2016 line-up. The hitch? There isn’t one! Of course, if you’d like to blog about the festival and the author you get to see, that would be...

Authors Everywhere!

With just 2 weeks to go until the launch of the first ever Brentwood Children’s Literary Festival, we are feeling super excited (and a little nervous too)! From Friday 22nd July through to Saturday 30th July, there will be a whole host of author events taking...

Do you feel lucky?

If you are local to Brentwood, you will know that the Brentwood Art Trail has been on since 15th June, and will be running up until 30th June. One of our authors and illustrators, David O’Connell, has been exhibiting his artwork in the window of Chicken and Frog...

The Phoenix and Auntie Beeb

This week I have been interviewed, not once, but twice about the festival. On Wednesday she took part in Chris Stagg’s Phoenix FM show, Words and Sound. Chris and I chatted about the festival, as well as Chicken and Frog Bookshop, before I read extracts from...

Words, Words, Words

Last week Natasha was visited by members of the Brentwood Breakfast Rotary, for a quick photo opportunity! Brentwood Breakfast Rotary have already supported the festival with a donation, as well as the kind offer of stewards to help with the events themselves. But...

Love Reading!

A huge thank-you to Love Reading 4 Kids, who are helping us to spread the word about the festival. If you don’t know anything about them, here’s a link and some details: Is your child a Bookworm? Or a Reluctant Reader? Either way, Lovereading4kids.co.uk is...

Curious Caighlan

We are thrilled to add one final event to this year’s line-up. Caighlan Smith, is coming all the way from Canada to spend a year in the UK, and we have been asked to exclusively launch her new YA novel, Children of Icarus (published by Curious Fox). For details...

The Kindness of Strangers

At the heart of this festival is the ability to bring the joy of children’s literature to all. That was the driving force behind registering the Brentwood Children’s Literary Festival as a charity. The paper work was far from easy, but thanks to my...

Good News, Bad News

Another quick update for you. The good news is that we have added Nikki Sheehan to our schedule for the summer. We are delighted to be able to welcome Nikki to the fold. To date, these are the accolades that Nikki has received for her powerful writing: Winner of North...

Tweet Tweet Tweet

We received a wonderfully complimentary tweet yesterday from @MaudieSmith: What a great line-up! Can this really be your first ever festival @BwdLitFest ? It made us feel proud of what we have achieved so far, in terms of the work that has gone on behind the scenes....

Tickets!

We are delighted to tell you that tickets for the festival will be on sale from…now! All you need to do is click the button for your chosen event/s and it will magically take you to the Brentwood Theatre website where you can purchase your...

Good News!

Hello all. This is a super quick update to let you know that tickets for the festival should be live by Tuesday 19th January 2016. We will keep you posted…...

Ward funding

Councillor Julie Morrissey (Brentwood South) has allocated part of her ward budget to the festival! The money will be spent on making sure that pupils from Hogarth Primary School in Cllr. Morrissey’s ward can attend events in 2016. Family tickets are to be given...

Testing, testing, hello?

Well hello dear reader and welcome to the first blog of Brentwood Children’s Literary Festival. It’s all jolly exciting isn’t it? Although the festival is 9 months away, we are keen to let you know what we have planned, so that you can decide which...