Barnes Children's Festival reveals 2017 highlights

News - Festivals Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Clare Balding, Lucy Worsley, Judith Kerr, Axel Scheffler among stars

Michael Rosen, David Baddiel, Adrian Edmondson, Clare Balding, Lucy Worsley, Robert Winston, Judith Kerr, and Axel Scheffler will be among the stars of the Barnes Children's Literature Festival, taking place on 13 and 14 May. The festival, London's largest for children, is back for a third year.

Aardman Animation studios will run workshops, and there will be an interactive Harry Potter event as well as a production of Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes for toddlers. On Friday 12 May there will be an outreach programme for schools, with Michelle Magorian and Joseph Coelho, among others.

Amanda Brettargh launched the festival in 2015. In 2016, there were 5,500 ticket sales for 50 events.

Brettargh, who has always paid participants, said: "We really value the time and words of all our visiting authors and illustrators, and want them to have as good a time as our audience. Barnes is a place that loves its books. There's a rich literary heritage here, one of London's best independent bookshops too, and our setting, under the magnificent trees around Barnes Pond, provides a literary experience like no other - world class events in a village setting."

Tickets go on sale on 20 March.

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