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 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
|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
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 email@example.com.
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.