Sunday, 3 July 2011

A Literary Festival Everyone Can Attend!!


You know how it is, there's a Literary Festival or Literary Event you so want to attend but what with all the travelling and everything it ends up too expensive; or you can't get time off work; or the car's in the shop; or you've got the lurgy.



Here's what you need:
  1. A comfy chair / bed / beanbag / sunlounger.
  2. An internet connection
  3. Food and beverages. Or what about a picnic? If the sun's out take a picnic into the garden -perfect!

Here are the dates for your diary 9th & 10th July 2011

And where do you go?  To An Awfully Big Blog Adventure.

They'll be hosting the very first online literary festival organised entirely by children's authors. The line-up is brilliant and I'm proud to say several of the authors have been featured on this blog. Any names highlighted on the festival schedule are linked to posts here on tall tales & short stories.

Check out the programme schedule below for details.  The authors will be popping in every half an hour to share insights, tips, book news and giveaways.

But if by any chance you can't be at the online festival all of the time, all the posts will be archived for you to read whenever suits you.

Saturday 9th July

9.30am Anne Cassidy Post: To Blog or Not To Blog?

10.00am Jo Cotterill 

10.30am Anne Rooney & Mary Hoffman Video: Italian Inspiration

11.00am Celia Rees Post: Scattered Authors, the Beginning

11.30am Elen Caldecott Competition: Win 'Operation Eiffel Tower'

12 NOON Sally Nicholls

12.30pm Gillian Philip Competition: Win 'Bloodstone' and 'Firebrand'

1.00pm Liz Kessler Competition: Win 'A Year Without Autumn'

1.30pm Sam Mills Video: Interview with Tyger Drew-Honey

2.00pm Adele Geras

2.30pm Jane Eagland Post: The Ups and Downs of Research

3.00pm Enid Richemont 

3.30pm Malcolm Rose Post: Reader Gregor Kelly questions Malcolm Rose over Forbidden Island

4.00pm Lucy Coats Video and Competition: Going to the Dogs--Tackling a Tricky Audience

4.30pm Susan Price & Katherine Roberts Post: Kindles and Kids Books

5.00pm Wendy Meddour Post: On Not Being a Famous Actress

5.30pm Miriam Halahmy & Savita Kalhan Video drama and discussion about Edgy Fiction

6.00pm Catherine Johnson Post: Rastamouse, the Moomins and Me

6.30pm Penny Dolan 

7.00pm Linda Newbery & Julia Jarman

Sunday 10th July

10.30am Emma Barnes 
11.00 am Dianne Hofmeyr & Miriam Moss On Picture Books
11.30am Kath Langrish Post: Secret Rooms in Children's Fiction
12 NOON Nicola Morgan Competition: Win 'Write to be Published' and a crabbit bag.
12.30pm Julie Sykes Post and Competition: My Favourite Bears
1.00pm Leila Rasheed Competition: Win a critique
1.30pm Joan Lennon Post: The Flamingo and the Writer

 2.00pm Hilary McKay Competition: Win 'Caddy's World'
2.30pm Fiona Dunbar & Keren David Video: In Conversation
3.00pm Josh Lacey Competition: Win 'Island of Thieves'
3.30pm Marie-Louise Jensen & David Calcutt 
4.00pm Candy Gourlay Video: Creating a Legend
4.30pm Karen Ball Competition: An Inspiring Giveaway
5.00pm Linda Strachan & Cathy MacPhail Video: In Conversation

 5.30pm Malachy Doyle Post: The Happy Book
6.00pm Michelle Lovric Competition: Win 'The Undrowned Child'
6.30pm Sue Purkiss Post: What the Dickens?
7.00pm Julie Day 
7.30pm Lynne Garner 
8.00pm Nicky Browne Video: Finding history and her story

NB: The schedule may be subject to change as a result of circumstances beyond the organisers' control. Though they'll do their best to not let that happen.

So don't forget!

Saturday 9th July 
Sunday 10th July 2011

Go to

Twitter hashtag  #ABBAlitfest!



Lucy Coats said...

Thank you, Tracy! Your support is hugely appreciated. We are all SO excited about next weekend, and can't wait to unveil our festival offerings!

Lucy Coats

Rachel Brooks said...

What a wonderful idea! I'll definitely have to try and pop in sometime on Saturday and Sunday. Thanks for the info :)

Tracy said...

My pleasure Rachel! :)

Glad I could help Lucy. It's such a fab idea!

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