Children's authors head for Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival

PUBLISHED: 18:30 01 September 2017

Michael Morpurgo

Michael Morpurgo


Several top children's and young people's authors are heading for Budleigh Salterton in mid-September for the Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival.

They include Christopher Wakling and Michael Morpurgo.

Mr Wakling – whose books include What I Did, described as ‘a powerful parable of 21st-century society’ by the Mail on Sunday – will be offering a free creative writing workshop for young people, aged 12 to 18, on Saturday, September 16. It’s an opportunity to ‘explore how to create engaging and exciting stories’.

Award-winning illustrator Alan Lee brings an event for all the family on the same day. He’ll be discussing ‘The Art of Drawing Tolkein’. Alan won an Academy Award for his work on Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings film trilogy and his work adorns the new book Beren and Luthen by JRR Tolkein, edited by his son Christopher.

One of Britain’s best-loved children’s writers, the award-winning Michael Morpurgo, will be at the festival on Sunday, September 17. The master storyteller will be talking about his new book, Toto – The Dog-Gone Amazing Story of the Wizard of Oz. It’s described as a ‘creative twist on the well-known land of Oz through the eyes of Toto the dog’.

And there are more children’s events to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter book.

They include a Harry Potter party (Thursday, September 14) with prizes for the best fancy dress and two ‘magical’ fun days taking place in the mini marquee on the green on September 15 and 16.

The festival takes place at venues around Budleigh Salterton from Wednesday, September 13, until Sunday, September 17.

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The children’s events aren’t just taking place during the festival. The Education Outreach Programme reaches more than 25 primary and secondary schools across Devon for a series of ‘invitation-only’ events.

In September, these include sessions from author Philip Ardagh, who will be bringing his ‘wonderful’ world of stories to life, while Leyland Perree, author of Which Witch is Which?, will work with pupils to create characters and will look at creative approaches to writing.

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