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Bath Children's Literature Festival
Looking for insight in writing for a younger audience? KnowHow editor, Eleanor Pender, takes a closer look at upcoming children's festivals in the UK.

For those of us who are not a teacher or a librarian, you're unlikely to come across groups of young readers in your daily life.

Reading books and getting into the heads of inspiring writers is a good idea, but why not go one step further? Here, KnowHow points you in the direction of three upcoming UK children's festivals this autumn, some with programmes out and some still to come.

Bath Children's Literature Festival 
Venues across Bath

Europe’s largest dedicated children’s literature festival, Bath Children’s Literature Festival, starts in late September with a programme overflowing with authors from Cressida Cowell to Laura Ellen Anderson. With events in venues across the city of Bath, other appearances include Catherine Doyle, Derek Landy, Chris Bradford, Michael Rosen, Greg James and many more. And, another plus, you get to wander around beautiful Bath in between events! 

London Literature Festival  
Southbank Centre, London

The London Literature Festival is an 11-day festival in October with family events, dance, theatre, workshops and more. Highlights for younger fiction include Eoin Colfer, and Michael Morpurgo's I Believe in Unicorns, while YA writers should definitely check out the YA Lit Day. A day packed with YA writers, you can hear from Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Louise O'Neill, Patrice Lawrence, Muhammad Khan, Sara Barnard, Yasmin Rahman and more.

Northern Children's Book Festival
Various venues, South Shields, Tyneside

Running over two weeks in November, the Northern Children's Book Festival delivers a programme full of authors, illustrators, poets and storytellers within, and for, schools. Using the region’s library networks as venues, the festival ends with a free Gala Day celebration event for children and their families to meet the creators of their favourite children’s books. Programme details are still to be announced - keep an eye on their Facebook and other social media channels. 

Main image credit Visit Bath

Based in Bristol, Eleanor lectures in digital communications and chairs YA and middle grade events at festivals including Bath Children's Literature Festival, Edinburgh International Book Festival, and YALC. She is currently working on a young adult fantasy novel.
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