Book Festivals this Autumn

Posted on Wednesday, August 10, 2022
Category: Events

Book Festivals this Autumn

Meet favourite authors and discover new books this autumn with a range of events on offer at book festivals in Bath, Cheltenham and the online Reading is Magic festival.


Bath Children's Festival:   Friday 23rd September – Sunday 2nd October 2022

Meet authors including Michael Rosen, Jacqueline Wilson, Maz Evans and Cerrie Burnell; make your own Gromit with Aardman Animations, meet the real live 'Draw with Rob', or join a creative writing workshop with Christopher Edge; there's mystery and magic to explore with Kiran Millwood Hargrave and mysteries to solve with Gareth P Jones; plus pirate adventures to be had with Tracy Corderoy and Steven Lenton's Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam; and magic to explore with Laura Ellen Andersen (Rainbow Grey).

Find out the full programme and book online for school and family events:


Reading is Magic Festival digital programme: Monday 26 – Friday 30 September 2022

Organised by the Bath Children’s Literature Festival, this year’s Reading is Magic Festival will be hosted by Blue Peter presenter Mwaksy Mudenda, and includes a five-day programme of magical digital events for schools and homes. 

The events are aimed at children and young people aged 4-13 years and offers a free, inclusive and engaging resource for schools and families.   Events will last between 15 and 30 minutes and will be broadcast on a schools-friendly platform. Schools can view events live in UK time or on demand afterwards. Online materials and resources will support each event and book buying opportunities will be sign posted.

Schools and families can register for free at


Cheltenham Literature Festival:  Friday 7 to Sunday 16 October

This year’s bumper Family programme invites children and young adults on a literary adventure to inspire the next generation of creatives. There will be a chance to see award-winning performance poet Joseph Coelho in his first Festival appearance as the Children’s Laureate; a fun, interactive session with much-loved illustrator Nick Sharratt, and an unmissable event with How to Train Your Dragon author Cressida Cowell.  Other established and emerging names taking part include Emma Carroll, Lauren Child, Hannah Gold, Robin Stevens, Jonathan Stroud, Caryl Lewis and Sharna Jackson. 

For aspiring artists, illustrators and designers, there is a Manga Workshop with Chie Kutsuwada, a session with Beano editors Mike Stirling and Craig Graham, and BAFTA’s Young Game Designers workshops. There are additionally creative, interactive sessions for all ages with authors and illustrators including Catherine Rayner, Lu Fraser and Kate Hindley, Rachel Bright and Jim Field.

Discover the full programme here:

A Schools Programme is also available for primary and secondary schools.