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'War Horse' author tops Cardiff Children’s Literature Festival

07 April 2014

Cardiff Children's Literature Festival

The author of the classic children’s story War Horse tops the bill at this year’s Cardiff Children’s Literature Festival.

Michael Morpurgo will round off the week-long celebration by telling his powerful and moving story about young Albert and his beloved horse.

The Festival, a collaboration between Cardiff Council, Cardiff University, Amgueddfa Cymru and Literature Wales, runs from 8 to 13 April and features big ticket events, presentations by popular children’s authors and illustrators, and educational sessions for schools.

Festival organiser Heather Brown said, "It’s another fantastic year. We’re delighted to be joined by Michael Morpurgo and a whole host of acclaimed writers and artists who make children’s stories seize the imagination. It’s all aimed at youngsters who appreciate the magic of books, and grown-ups who want to write them."

The festival kicks off with a talk for adults on Tuesday 8 April. Jo Bowers shares her insights into how to develop children’s enjoyment of books to create lifelong readers.

"Not in Front of the Grown Ups? Children’s Literature in an Adult World" is the theme on Wednesday 9. Professor David Rudd of Bolton University explores why children’s books are ‘just for kids’, yet they’re supported by an industry of adult authors, publishers, librarians, and parents. There are also Welsh language lectures by staff members Siwan Rosser and Ceri Elen.

The festival weekend is jam-packed with family fun. Puffin’s King of Comedy, Jeremy Strong, kicks off events on Saturday 12 April. Alison Brown will read her story all about friendship and adventure, "Eddie and Dog", and lead a workshop. Authors Francesca Simon and Steven Butler argue whether Horrid Henry and Dennis the Menace deserve the title ‘King of the Bad Boys’. Jonny Duddle reads from his latest picture book, Gigantosaurus and introduces us to some of his best-loved characters. And Kjartan Poskitt rounds off the day looking at Murderous Maths, featuring amazing tricks and weird facts.

There are zoos, ‘dino poos’ and much more on Sunday 13 April. Tom McLaughlin will show children how he draws characters. Jim Smith, creator of the Barry Loser series, reads his hilarious stories. Much-loved author Cathy Cassidy introduces the newest addition to The Chocolate Box Girls series. And Mandy Sutcliffe invites children to a Belle & Boo tea party - decorate your own bunny ears, plant some carrot seeds and listen to stories. Michael Morpurgo rounds off the festival with the reading of War Horse.

James Vilares, Cardiff University Community Engagement Officer said, "As the first University in the UK to appoint a Professor of Children’s Literature, we’re delighted to maintain our commitment to the enjoyment of reading for all."

Further details, times, and prices can be found on the Cardiff University and Festival websites.

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Cardiff Children's Literature Festival