I can’t believe it’s here already!
GobbleDEEbook, our a week long programme of 26 events for children and teens starts TOMORROW! So, if you happen to be near St Mary’s Centre in Chester over the next few days, please do pop in and join the fun.
As this is a new festival there is an introductory price of £1 per child per event, with grown-ups being free, but mainly we’ve worked really really hard to make this festival a little bit different and we’d LOVE it if you came along and said hello! There’s even an indoor picnic area in the venue, so you can come along for the whole day, with your sandwiches and possibly a pork pie or two.
For the next week, I will be easy to find at…
Saturday Oct 23:
A magic author! Voted Time Out’s Street Magician of the Year. Join John Lenahan as he launches our festival, reads from his very funny novel, throws some tricks and chats about writing! (10+) From 1:30 -3.00pm.
Sunday Oct 24:
Join inspiring South African performer Sizwe Vilakazi for a physical storytelling workshop bursting with original African stories to make you gasp! With a mixture of Zulu and English, watch the stories come to life from 11 am – 12.30 pm.
Join artist Becky Adams and create your own teeny tiny books that promise to delight! Explore techniques such as rubber stamping, stitch and collage – and even try your hand using an old typewriter! Create your own teeny tiny magic books from 2.00 pm – 4.00pm.
Monday October 25-
How many spots can you get on one bottom? How many people can you poison with your feet? Join Steve Hartley for record-breaking silliness, as he presents his hero Danny Baker’s hilarious attempts on some of the world’s biggest, smelliest, nittiest, stickiest, wrinkliest, and wriggliest records from 9.30 am till 11.00 am.
Meet Holly Webb, the queen of the cute animal in peril genre. This is a very special opportunity to meet a hugely popular author, so be sure to come armed with plenty of questions. 11.30 am till 12.30 pm.
Explore Dreams and Nightmares! Let David Whitley take you on a tour through some historical utopias, from the deadly serious to the wacky and weird. Explore with him the world of his own books, set in lands built on dreams of perfection (10+), from 1.00 till 2.00 pm.
What do you love? Supernatural horror? Tragic romance? Swordfights? Then come meet Sarwat Chadda, he’s got stories to tell you! (10+) as he takes to the stage from 2:30 till 4:30pm.
Tuesday 26 October:
Got a question that you’ve always wanted to ask an author? Come for a cup of tea and a slice of cake as we put your questions to Tamsyn Murray, Keris Stainton, Rook Hastings, Catherine Forde and Jon Mayhew. (11+) 10am – 11am.
Meet Catherine Forde! Over the years since she’s been writing, nobody has been more surprised than Catherine where her ideas come from. Meet Catherine and hear how her real life experience and its soundtrack morphs into print. (11+) 11.30am – 1.00 pm.
Ever wondered what it’s like to live in a haunted house? Author Rook Hastings has lived in three haunted houses, been haunted by three ghosts and even been allergic to one! Hear all about it from 1.30pm – 2.30 pm.
Stunt Bunny: Puppet Pandemonium! Meet Tamsyn Murray, and put on your own puppet show starring Harriet and the gang from ‘Stunt Bunny: Showbiz Sensation’ from 3pm – 4pm.
Gory Stories! Join Jon Mayhew for an evening of chilling tales, creepy rhymes and maybe some spine-tingling music (9+). Be prepared to be scared from 4.30 pm till 6.30 pm.
Wednesday October 27:
Join verbal gymnasts Daniel Morden and Oliver Wilson Dickson for THE LUCK CHILD! Skilfully blending music, sound and spoken word, this performance of fairytales is everything you could hope for… from 11am till 12pm.
Celebrate our animal companions in this brace of wonderful stories and rhymes from far and near in ANIMAL TALES. 1.00 – 2.00 pm.
Thursday October 28:
Come and meet author Sue Mongredien as she talks about her new series, Kitten Club, which stars six girls and their super-cute kittens as well as taking you underwater with her magical series The Secret Mermaid! 10.00 am – 11.00 am
Welcome to Spook School… where the pupils have bags of spirit! Meet Charlie and his friends, they may be ghosts, but this doesn’t mean they get out of school! Find out all about the Spook Squad’s adventures from their creator, Pete Johnson from 11.30 am – 12.30 pm.
Learn how to create ghostly, gruesome monsters! Join The Dandy cartoonist Andy Fanton in a monster drawing workshop from 1.00 – 2.00 pm.
Calling all wizards and witches! Put on your pointy hats and cloaks, and join Sue Mongredien as she talks about spooky spells and weird and wonderful magical creatures from 3.00 pm – 4.00 pm.
Travel in Time with Doctor Who! Daniel Blythe, bestselling Doctor Who writer of ‘Autonomy’ and Time Lord expert, takes you in a TARDIS journey from 1963 to the present day from 5.00 – 6.30pm.
Friday October 29:
Have you ever had a dream so vivid, that you couldn’t get it out of your head? That is exactly what happened to Harriet Goodwin. Meet Harriet and find out just how a dream turned her into an award-winning author, from 10.30 – 12.00 pm.
Trollific Fun with Tracey Corderoy! Hear Tracey reading from her books and providing an introduction to the weird and wonderful world of these hilarious, hygienically-challenged characters from 1 .00 – 2.00 pm.
Are you on the Good List? Have you got what it takes to complete the X.M.A.S. Academy Bootcamp? Blue Peter Award-winning author, Guy Bass, is on the lookout for daring young elf agents to join the Xtremely Mysterious Agency of Secrets from 2.30pm – 3.30pm.
Saturday October 30:
Join inspiring South African performer Sizwe Vilakazi for a physical storytelling workshop bursting with original African stories to make you gasp! With a mixture of Zulu and English, watch the stories come to life from 10.30 am – 12.00 pm.
Join Apples & Snakes word-wizards as they cook up wonderful ways to play with words, showing just what you can do with them. Top class rappers, poets and storytellers, each with their own distinct style will send you spiralling into a poetry revolution from 12.30 pm till 1.15pm.
Dress up and come party with Horrid Henry! He’s everyone’s favourite naughty little boy and he’ll be partying with us to close our GobbleDeeBook festival from 3.00 till 4.30pm.
(Tickets and further information can be found by visiting our website, telephoning 0845 2417868 or visiting the tourist information centre by Chester Town Hall)
Wish us luck or, failing that, if you could chill some wine for me I’ll be back in a week…