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Firefly at Cardiff Children's Literature Festival

Calling all bookworms…

The Cardiff Children’s Literature Festival is now in its 6th year, running across two weekends with free school events mid-week. With over 40 ticketed events, FREE craft sessions and an extensive programme of school events running across iconic venues across the city centre including Cardiff Castle, City Hall, National Museum Wales and Cardiff Story.
The festival, aimed predominantly at children ages 3-11, continues to create lifelong readers whilst entertaining and enthusing them about reading. Events include writing workshops, book readings, craft activities, quizzes and games and the occasional appearance of a character or two!
You can catch some of our wonderful authors at the festival.
Sunday 22 April, 1pm
National Museum Cardiff
Bree is an ordinary teenage girl living in a Martian city two thousand years in the future. She is amazed when she is picked for a special mission to Earth, which has been abandoned for hundreds of years. Why has she been selected and what are they really there to do?
Many of the key scenes in Ruth Morgan‘s high-octane YA sci-fi thriller Alien Rain take place in National Museum Wales, one of the author’s favourite places.
Join Ruth as she takes you on a tour of the museum and describes how the special atmosphere of the Museum inspired the story, with readings and discussion about how different Cardiff might look two thousand years in the future.
Wednesday 25 April, 7pm
Room D, Cardiff City Hall
Calling all children’s authors! If you’re in the middle of a creative writing project, or just need some inspiration then this is the event for you. Packed with insider’s advice from top children’s literary agent, Philippa Milnes-Smith and multi-award winning author, journalist and radio producer Horatio Clare. Philippa Milnes-Smith was Managing Director of Penguin Children’s Books for many years, and Welsh-British author Horatio’s Aubrey books have been long listed for the Carnegie Medal,
They will be sharing their experience, answering questions and giving top tips on creating the best stories for children, and getting those stories published. The event will be chaired by Cardiff-based author Claire Fayers whose Accidental Pirates series is published by Macmillan Children’s Books.
Saturday 28 April, 11am
Cardiff Castle Undercroft 
Jams lives with his mum, dad and his best friend Thimble, a hugely clever monkey who isn’t Dad’s biggest fan. (Don’t tell anyone what Thimble did with the superglue…) When Mum organises a house-swap holiday to France, what can possibly go wrong? Then Thimble, Jams and Dad find the keys to a speedboat, a drill and a makeshift burglar outfit… Best-selling Cardiff author Jon Blake will be reading from his hilarious books Thimble Monkey Superstar and Thimble Holiday Havoc and talking about his career as a writer.
Sunday 29 April, 11am
Cardiff Castle Undercroft 
Alex and Jess are unlikely superheroes whose powers have unfortunate side effects. In their latest adventure, they must pit their unusual powers against a furry menace and a shadowy villain, aided by Bob the goldfish, Dexter the pigeon and Alex’s new best friend, the hedgehog Mr Prickles.  In this interactive session, Jennifer Killick will talk about why we love stories and how to go about writing our own – starting with a story seed and making it grow.
With games and questions, Jennifer will talk about her books, where she gets her ideas and what life as an author is really like.  By the end of the session, Jennifer hopes that the children will leave raring to pick up a book and read, or to write one themselves.