Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Theme #3: Family Fun

Digital Marketing Assistant Sarah-Clare Conlon gives you the rundown on another of the themes running through the Manchester Literature Festival 2011 programme: fun for all the family.

There are a number of events lined up for the whole family to enjoy and we're very excited to welcome Francesca Simon (pictured below) - creator of the famous Horrid Henry character. We're even giving you the chance to win a family pass to the launch of her new children's novel, The Sleeping Army. Taking place at 5pm on Sunday 23 October at the Whitworth Art Gallery, this afternoon story-telling event is £5 per ticket, but if you enter our competition by 5pm today, you could be in with a chance of winning four tickets. Visit the Go See This website for full details.

Both Saturdays falling in Festival fortnight feature Family Storytelling events in the Children's Department of Waterstone's Deansgate. On Saturday 15 October, Margaret Ryan will be entertaining the audience with lively tales of Airy Fairy and Roodica The Rude. The following week, on Saturday 22 October, it will be the turn of popular Dutch author Toon Tellegen, author of The Squirrel's Birthday and Letters To Anyone And Everyone. Both events take place at noon and are free with no need to book.

Also on Saturday 15 October, Julie Bertagna (pictured above) will be chatting about her trilogy for young adults and launching the Midland Future Manchester Competition. Co-ordinated with Manchester Children's Book Festival and Manchester Science Festival, this new competition invites 12 to 16 year olds to write a science-inspired story set in the future. The launch takes place at the Midland Hotel from 11am (free but booking is advised).

The following day, Tom Palmer will be reading from his new children's novel, Scrum!, which is about rugby. As well as a quiz and a drop kick contest, families will have the opportunity to meet members of the Sale Sharks team at this event in conjunction with The Manchester Weekender (noon, free but booking essential).

For full details of all events at MLF 2011 and how to book, visit the website at www.manchesterliteraturefestival.co.uk.

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