Northern Children’s Book Festival Gala Day

Free

Suitable for children aged 4-13 years.

About the Gala Day

We’re so excited that we are hosting this year’s Northern Children’s Book Festival Gala Day at The Word on Saturday 18 November!

The Northern Children’s Book Festival passes on the joy of books and reading for pleasure by connecting children and their families with top authors and illustrators.

The Gala Day has something for everyone aged 4-13. There will be free, fun, interactive family sessions with award winning authors, illustrators and story tellers, including Vivian French, Ian Whybrow, The 2 Steves, Korky Paul, Nick Sharratt, Paul Cookson, Jonny Duddle, Piers Torday, Steven Webb & Chris Mould, Dan Smith, Adam Bushnell & Liz Million and Kate Fox. Blackwell’s will be running a pop-up book shop where all the authors and illustrators will be able to sign copies of their books after their sessions.

The day offers the opportunity to experience a range of different things so everyone can come along and enjoy! Children will be able to:

  • Meet authors and illustrators in free, family sessions
  • Be part of the panel game “Tell Me a Story”
  • Join the free drop-in storytelling and craft sessions provided by regional library services
  • Explore The Word, from tracking ships on the River Tyne or watching 3D printing in FabLab to discovering everything you need to know about pirates!
  • Book places for performance-led storytellying in StoryWorld or artist workshops where you can make a memento of the day

Some sessions will take place across the road in the beautiful St Hilda’s Church.


Tickets

Tickets will be available through Eventbrite for the Gala Day from Friday 27 October. Tickets for author and illustrator sessions are free but must be booked in advance. Drop-in storytelling and NCBF library services crafts are free.

There will be a nominal charge for artist workshops and performance led storytelling in StoryWorld (highlighted below). For more details about the full programme and how to book your tickets, go to  www.northernchildrensbookfestival.org.uk

Make sure to book your tickets in advance as this will be popular.


The full programme

Time

Session

Further info

10-10.45am Adam Bushnell & Liz Million Ages 6-10, Catherine Cookson Room
10-10.45am Ian Whybrow Ages 4-8, St Hilda’s Church
10.30-11.15am Illustration with Holly Sterling Ages 6-10, OpenZone Classroom
11.15am-12noon Kate Eccles – A Whale’s Tale concertina book artist workshop ***£3 per child, Charles Dickens Room
11.15am-12noon Jonny Duddle Ages 7-11, Catherine Cookson Room
11.15am-12noon Nick Sharratt Ages 4-8, St Hilda’s Church
11.30am-12.15pm Creative writing with Vivian French Ages 8-13, OpenZone Classroom
11.45am-12.30pm Interactive Storytelling ***£3.50 per child/ £2.50 per adult/ £10.50 per family of 4. Ages4+ , StoryWorld
12.15-1pm Steve Webb & Chris Mould Ages 7-11, St Hilda’s Church
12.30-1.15pm Korky Paul Ages 5-11, Catherine Cookson Room
12.30-1.15pm Louise Bradley – ‘Your Tern’ spinning bird mobile artist workshop ***£3 per child, OpenZone Classroom
1.30-2.30pm Bethan Maddocks – Deep Blue Sea tunnel book artist workshop ***£3 per child, Charles Dickens Room
1.30-2.30pm Tell Me a Story panel game with Vivian French, Paul Cookson, Kate Fox, The 2 Steves and many more. With live drawing. Ages 4-13, St Hilda’s Church
1.30-2.15pm Interactive Storytelling ***£3.50 per child/ £2.50 per adult/ £10.50 per family of 4. Ages4+ , StoryWorld
2.30-3.15pm Dan Smith Ages 10-13, Catherine Cookson Room
2.45-3.30pm Louise Bradley – ‘Your Tern’ spinning bird mobile artist workshop ***£3 per child, OpenZone Classroom
2.45-3.30pm The 2 Steves Ages 7-12, St Hilda’s Church
3-3.45pm Illustration with Holly Sterling Ages 6-10, OpenZone Classroom
3.30-4.15pm Kate Fox Rhyme & Reason creative writing workshop Ages 8-12, Charles Dickens Room
3.30-4.15pm Piers Torday Ages 9-13, Catherine Cookson Room
3.30-4.15pm Interactive Storytelling ***£3.50 per child/ £2.50 per adult/ £10.50 per family of 4. Ages4+ , StoryWorld
4-4.45pm Paul Cookson Ages 4-13, St Hilda’s Church

There will also be other drop-in activities happening around The Word including:

  • FabLab drop-in –  have a go at using the state-of-the-art FabLab and get the chance to make customised coasters, key rings or bookmarks to take away with you. You will even be able to draw your favourite book character to add to the item! All ages, between 10am-2pm
  • Drop-in storytelling with Kudzai Pasirayi in the Children’s Library, for ages 4+ at 10.30am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm
  • Libraries Crafts Corner for ages 4+, 10am-4pm
  • Blackwell’s Bookshop, 10am-5pm
  • Beanstalk reading charity
  • Meet Pepper Pig

 


Further infomation

BSL signed performances

BSL signer Mandy Fraser will be available to sign in different sessions, subject to demand. If you would like to request Mandy for a specific session please contact info@northernchildrensbookfestival.org.

Photography 

There will be an official photographer at the Gala Day. Adults and carers need to opt out of being included in photography by identifying themselves to the NCBF staff or official photographer, Richard Kenworthy. Notices will be at each reception desk, in each room and in key locations.

 

If you have a disability of any kind or you require special assistance, please contact us on 0191 427 1818.