Cardiff Children’s Literature Festival 2019

Published Fri 15 Feb 2019 - By Literature Wales
Top authors, creative writing workshops and craft sessions: junior bookworms get ready for Cardiff Children’s Literature Festival 2019

Little bookworms will once again be inspired and entertained by a colourful group of celebrated authors and illustrators as the Cardiff Children’s Literature Festival returns to the Welsh capital over two weekends this spring (Saturday 30 March – Sunday 7 April).

The award-winning festival is set to host more than 50 events including writing workshops, book readings, craft activities and games across Cardiff’s most iconic venues such as Cardiff Castle, Cardiff City Hall and Cardiff Central Library.

Aimed at children aged 3 to 11, the festival celebrates literature in a fun and imaginative way and aims to create lifelong readers.

The festival programme includes an inspirational line up including: BBC Wales broadcaster and presenter, Lucy Owen, to talk about her book The Sea House at the Old Library; a session with Swansea-based author, Jon Roberts, who published his first book, Through the Eyes of Me in 2017; award-winning writer Manon Steffan Ros who will lead a Welsh-language creative writing workshop and discuss her book which features Welsh international midfielder, Joe Allen; and TV historian Lucy Worsley OBE will introduce the crazy and famous world of Lady Mary, daughter of Henry VIII.

The festival will host a number of Welsh and English literary craft workshops, reading sessions and a special session with resident artist and author of Ble Mae Boc, Huw Aaron, to create mythical creatures and monster comics.

From a family of book-worms and growing up reading doodling, Huw said a big chunk of his earliest memories were in front of a book or putting pen to paper: “I love seeing children (and parents) as excited by reading as I am! The Festival provides the chance for children to meet favourite authors and illustrators to not only learn more about how they come up with the stories they write, but also to show that they’re real people – and that making stories for a living IS possible. An important message which will hopefully inspire visitors to push on with their own writing and drawing.”

Other festival highlight includes a special event with Ade Adepitan – Paralympian and TV Presenter and author of his latest book Amazing Ade-ventures! Speaking on his career as a children’s author, Ade said: “I loved reading as a child and literature festivals are a great way to get children engaged with books.”

The established Cardiff Children’s Literature Festival 2019 is fun for the whole family with over a week of English and Welsh language events taking place across the city. For more information and to book tickets, visit /

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