Meet Sunday's Authors

Meet your old favourites and find new ones, in this exciting day of storytelling, live illustration and activities.

Author Will Mabbitt and his book cover for 'Worms'

Will Mabbitt- I Can Only Draw Worms

Join celebrated author and newly turned illustrator Will Mabbitt for a fun-packed event themed around his brand new picture book, I Can Only Draw Worms! With interactive activities galore and a hilarious live reading that’ll make you laugh until you cry, Will needs YOUR help and imagination to take the humble worm on an intergalactic adventure. (4+)

Steven Lenton & Tracy Corderoy

Steven Lenton & Tracy Corderoy

Notorious robber dogs Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam have swapped their life of crime for a career in cupcakes. But adventure – and crime – is never far behind, with a thieving penguin on the loose. Tracey Corderoy and Steven Lenton entertain with comic rhymes and illustrations from their most recent and delicious smash-hit. (6+)

Steve Cole – The Young James Bond

Steve Cole – The Young James Bond

Steve Cole is a best-selling children’s author whose sales exceed three million copies. His several original Doctor Who novels have also been bestsellers, most recently the Secret Agent Mummy series for younger readers, Stop Those Monsters! and the explosive Young Bond series. His next Young Bond adventure Red Nemesis publishes May 2017. (10+)

Petr Horacek

Petr Horacek

Czech illustrator Petr Horáček is the author of a variety of charming picture books for children, including Blue Penguin, The Greedy Goat, Silly Suzy Goose, Elephant, Puffin Peter and The Mouse Who Reached the Sky. Join him for storytelling and watch him bring his characters to life with a live drawing session. (3+)

Author Nicola Davies and her leopards book cover

Nicola Davies

Zoologist and acclaimed author of The First Book of Nature, Tiny: The Invisible World of Microbes and the Heroes of the Wild series will take you on a whistle-stop tour around the globe and guide you through the wondrous, weird and whacky world of animals. Did you know that blue whales have hearts the size of smart cars and that elephants hear through their feet? (7+)

Yuval Zommer

Yuval Zommer

Yuval Zommer has worked as a creative director at many leading advertising agencies. But his passion for picture books has led him to become an author/illustrator of highly acclaimed children’s books. Join Yuval for an interactive talk and illustration workshop where he will share some amazing facts about all sorts of bugs and beasts! (5+)

Author and illustrator Jo Empson and her book cover

Jo Empson

Join Jo Empson in a fascinating insight into the world of a picture book illustrator. Jo will take the audience on a creative journey to show them how to make a book. From sketch books full of ideas, to miniature mock up books and finally the finished work. Be swept away with an interactive storytelling of her latest books Little Home Bird and Chimpanzees for Tea with puppets, dressing up, lots of audience participation and finishing with a big draw-along! (4+)

Harry Potter with Fleurble Laffalott!

Harry Potter with Fleurble Laffalott!

Have you ever wanted to explore the magical world of Harry Potter books? Which Professor of Hogwarts would you like to meet? Join Fleurble Laffalott (super-assistant to the Professor of Potter) for a fun and interactive hour as she introduces some of the great Professors from J.K. Rowling’s much loved books, and throws in some transfiguration, potions and even a slow-motion Quidditch match along the way! New and exclusive bookmarks for all who attend. (8+)