Cirencester's first literary festival for children based at Octavia's Bookshop and the Library may become calendar event
Author and illustrator Alex T Smith launches the first ever Cirencester Literary Festival organised between Octavia's Bookshop, the Library and the Bingham Trust
CIRENCESTER'S first children's literary festival is in full swing this week with popular authors and illustrators from all over the country attending to sign books and demonstrate their work.
Earlier in the week saw tickets for an illustration and demo session with Alex T Smith, author of prize-winning Claude in the City, flying off the shelves. As the first author to kick off the literary festival week, he proved to be a huge hit, demonstrating to children how to draw his unique cartoons.
Organiser and owner of Octavia's Bookshop Octavia Karavla said the week so far has been amazing.
"I'm so happy about how it's going. The authors are so inspiring and children completely transfixed when watching them.
"Tickets keep selling out and feedback has been incredible," Octavia continued. "It's good for both my bookshop as it's been packed out and the library too as it's had people joining all through the week.
"I'm particularly excited for this Saturday as there are some huge names coming and they're enthusiastic too. I'll be so sad when the festival is over but I'm already thinking about next year's event."
The literary festival continues throughout the rest of this week and talks, activities and signings still to come include those with author of the Young Sherlock Holmes books, Andrew Lane, illustrator and author of The Manor House Stories Jani Tully Chaplin and award winning author Victoria Eveleigh.
Tickets are still available to buy for £1 on the door.
Still to come this week for Cirencester Children's LitFest13:
- Friday, August 16 at 11am in Cirencester Library - Actvities and book signing with award winning author and illustrator of Azzi in Between, Sarah Garland.
- Friday, August 16 at 2.30pm in Octavia's Bookshop - Talk and signing with author of Twelve Minutes to Midnight, Christopher Edge
- Saturday, August 17 at 11am in Octavia's Bookshop - Book signing with author of the best-selling Young Sherlock Holmes books, Andrew Lane
- Saturday, August 17 at 2.30pm in Octavia's Bookshop - Talk and book signing with author of the internationally acclaimed series The History Keepers, Damian Dibben
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