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Brighton Children's Book Festival 2007


Brighton Children's Book Festival, Brighton, UK

Although quite small and not very well publicised, this one-day festival appears to be specifically for children's writers and has some good authors and sessions, including Creating Picture Books, a panel on getting published and sessions on screenplays and children's poetry.

It takes place on Saturday 21 April at the University of Brighton. the programme is below and you can book tickets at

Full price £25




Welcome and introduction: Laura Atkins, Festival Director


Nick Tucker, author of The Rough Guide to Children’s Books, on the history of children’s book creation in southern England


Nicky Singer, author of teen books Feather Boy and The Innocent’s Story


William Nicholson, author of The Wind on Fire fantasy trilogy as well as screenplays for films (Shadowlands, Gladiator)


John Agard and Grace Nichols, children’s poets and editors of From Mouth to Mouth: Oral Poems from Around the World


Book signing by John Agard, Grace Nichols, William Nicholson, Nicky Singer and Nick Tucker


Lunch break







Workshops and break-out sessions

Panel on getting published: Dawn Casey (author), Pam Smy (illustrator) and Roberta Bailey (publisher) (unlimited)

Creative writing: Brendan Cleary (20 people max)

Illustration: Salariya illustrator Mark Bergin (20 people max)

Poetry writing: Rachel Rooney (20 people max)

Pop-up construction: Lisa Boggis-Boyce (20 people max)


David Salariya (Publisher, The Salariya Book Company) on the process of creating children’s books from idea to publication


Emily Gravett, author and illustrator of the Greenaway Award-winning picture book Wolves and Meerkat Mail


Panel discussion on creating picture books: Author Miriam Moss, illustrator Polly Dunbar and Zoe Tucker, Senior Designer from Scholastic


John Vernon Lord, author and illustrator of The Giant Jam Sandwich, who is being honoured by the University of Brighton with a special exhibition


Book signing by Mark Bergin, Dawn Casey, Polly Dunbar, Emily Gravett, Miriam Moss, Pam Smy and John Lord Vernon


Reception sponsored by Greenaway/Carnegie Award