SCBWI is delighted to announce our new partnership with the Manchester Children's Book Festival; a partnership that launches our Pulse presence in the North West and brings with it a range of opportunities designed to support the professional development of our published members.
Over the next few weeks we'll be telling you more about Pulse and how the team are working with the Networks to expand activity, but in the interim here's a taste of what's happening in the North West. The events are designed to be of interest to both published and none published members.
Trailblazer Panel Event - What is the Worth of Creating for Children? Friday 26th June ~ 5-6pm
Experienced authors and industry professionals wrestle with the merits and the perceived value of creating Children’s books. Why is writing for children thought of as a mere stepping stone to adult writing- a means to an end? Aren’t kids’ books worthwhile and important in their own right? Or is writing for children arguably more valuable than writing for adults?
Panel members include author Jonathan Mayhew (Mortlock, Monster Odyssey Series) Julia Churchill of AM Heath Literary Agency.
For just £5.50 you can attend the panel discussion and then stay on for drinks and canapés at the festival launch. This gala occasion hosted by Manchester Metropolitan University, as well as other entertainment, features poetry reading with Carol Ann Duffy.
Buy your tickets -here
MCBF Family Fun Day ~ Celebrate Kids Books and Reading with the SCBWI Saturday 27th June 2015 ~ 10am – 4.30pm
Come along and help us celebrate kids’ books and reading at the MCBF Family Fun Day. With ticketed events featuring some of your favourite children’s authors, and opportunities for crafts, storytelling and drawing at our SCBWI stand, it promises to be a great day.
Our ticketed events run from 10:30 – 4.30pm and at just £3.50 are a right bargain! A brief summary is included below. You can find more details and buy tickets at the festival box office: http://www.mcbf.org.uk/whats-on/events
Kate Pankhurst – 10:30am – Age: 7+Calling all Young Super Sleuths! Come face to face with a Ghostly Guinea Pig and a Spaghetti Yeti (if you dare) with author and illustrator Kate Pankhurst as she investigates the totally mysterious world of Mariella Mystery. Expect drawing, dressing up and excessive amounts of inspiration for writing and illustrating your own mystery stories.
Steve Hartley – 2.30pm – Age 7+Steve Hartley is many things: author, astronaut, spy, trapeze-artist and vampire-hunter. His hobbies include puddle-diving, and hamster-wrestling, and he never, EVER tells fibs. Steve’s hilarious show will contain some (or none) of the following: top-tips for writing stories, awesome acting, a game show, a superhero, and a huge pair of knickers. It will definitely contain readings from his prize-winning Oliver Fibbs series of books, and the biggest, fattest fibs you’ve ever heard - honest!
Ruth Fitzgerald – 3.30pm – Age 7+Join author Ruth Fitzgerald and Wavey Cat to talk about disasters and fiascos and all things Emily Sparkes. Learn to make origami cats and rats and enter our fun competition (which is definitely not going to be a calamity...)
All events take place at the Manchester Metropolitan University Geoffrey Manton Building.