The events below will take place at varying times across the festival weekend and are subject to normal ticket booking / pricing.
JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / SATURDAY SEPT 30th / 10.00 – 11.00
JERSEY LIBRARY / TIME TBC / CHARLIE AND LOLA STORY TIME WITH HEATHER BURTON + BOOK SIGNING
Newly-appointed Children’s Laureate Lauren Child is a multi-award-winning, bestselling writer and artist. She is the creator of many much-loved characters, including Clarice Bean, Ruby Redfort and Charlie and Lola.
Her first two books were published in 1999 – I Want a Pet and Clarice Bean, That’s Me, and she won the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal in 2000 for I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato, the first of her Charlie and Lola picture books. Lauren published her first Clarice Bean novel in 2002 – Utterly Me, Clarice Bean. The Clarice Bean series has sold over 6 million copies worldwide.
In October 2005, the BBC launched a 78-part animated series of Charlie and Lola. The series has won four BAFTAS and is aired in more than 34 countries.
In 2008 Lauren launched UNESCO’s ‘My Life is a Story’ Campaign for UNESCO’s Programme for the Education of Children in Need, and was named a UNESCO Artist for Peace in 2008.
In 2010 she was awarded an MBE for Services to Literature.
Lauren is an international ambassador for the excellence of UK illustration: she’s been at the forefront of innovation for 15 years and has raised the profile of illustration as a sophisticated art form for all ages. She works with mixed media, pioneered text as an integral part of illustration and collaborates with artists across different fields. She is a trustee of the recently-formed House of Illustration.
Lauren is also a passionate advocate for visual literacy and the importance of quality picture books for children.
The latest Charlie and Lola book, One Thing, published in paperback Autumn 2016 focuses on the joy of numeracy and its importance in art and music. A new Charlie and Lola picture book will be published in October 2017.
Ruby Redfort #6 Blink and You Die , the final book in the series is published in October 2016.
During this event – suitable for 7+ – Lauren will be reading from her new picture book The Dog With Nice Ears and discussing the creative processes behind her work.
20 Years of Harry Potter Magic
JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / SAT 30th SEPTEMBER / 12.00 – 1300
Boy. Wizard. Hero. Celebrating 20 Years of Harry Potter Magic
Celebrate twenty years of Harry Potter magic with this fun and interactive event!
Explore the four Houses at Hogwarts with Fleurble Laffalot. Discover fun facts about the first Harry Potter books as well taking part in some of the key elements of life at Hogwarts – the sorting ceremony, Quidditch, potions class and much more.
A family friendly event for anyone who has ever wanted to explore the magical world of the Harry Potter books. Free bookmarks and door hangers for all who attend!
Greg James and Chris Smith
JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / SAT 30th SEPT / 14.00-15.00
Sponsored by Appleby
Kid Normal is the debut children’s book by Radio 1 presenters Greg James and Chris Smith. Kid Normal tells the story of Murph Cooper. When he rocks up to his new school several weeks into the beginning of term, he can’t help but feel a bit out of his depth. And it’s not because he’s worried about where to sit, and making friends, and fitting in, or not knowing where the loos are. It’s because his mum has enrolled him at a school for superheroes by mistake.
And unlike his fellow students, who can all control the weather or fly or conjure tiny horses from thin air, Murph has no special abilities whatsoever. But just because you don’t have superpowers, it doesn’t mean you can’t save the day. Let’s hope Murph realises that, and quick – because not far away is a great big bad guy who is half man and half wasp, and his mind is abuzz with evil plans …
Get set for an hugely entertaining and interactive event, kindly sponsored by Appleby, that explores our preconceptions of superheroes and villains.
Sir Charlie Stinky Socks and the Dinosaur’s Return
JERSEY ARTS CENTRE / SUNDAY 1st OCTOBER / 11.00 – 12.00
Sir Charlie Stinky Socks is back on the 10th anniversary of this bestselling picture book series! By the light of a silvery moon, Sir Charlie Stinky Socks and his faithful friends are heading for Thunder Mountain.
Their mission? To take a little dinosaur home. But the biggest adventure EVER lies in store. Join our brave young knight and his faithful friends as their adventure leads them into the middle of a dinosaur stampede and towards a volcano that might erupt at any moment!
Can Sir Charlie save the day again and help the lost dinosaur safely home? An action-packed, funny and charming picture book adventure that is perfect for reading aloud before bedtime and sharing with little adventurers!
Get ready for a lively stage show featuring giant books, props, and maybe even a song or two!
Kristina Stephenson trained as a set and costume designer. She had a successful career in theatre and children’s TV until she had her children. Wanting to stay at home with them, she turned to illustration. Inspired to write by her own son Charlie (who doesn’t have stinky socks), she created the wonderful adventures of Sir Charlie Stinky Socks.
Jersey Evening Post Writing Competition
ARTS CENTRE / SATURDAY 30th SEPTEMBER / 17.00
Now in its third year the Rathbones / Jersey Evening Post Short Story competition continues to encourage local writers of all ages to share their talents by submitting original short stories and flash fiction. Join this year’s winners as they receive their prizes, before hearing their pieces brought to life by selected readers.
Charlie and Lola visit Heather’s House of Stories
WITH BOOK SIGNING BY LAUREN CHILD
JERSEY LIBRARY / SATURDAY 30th SEPT / 11.30 – 12.30
Enter the world of Charlie and Lola at this imaginative and interactive storytelling session with Heather from Heather’s House of Stories. Join in the fun with all the family and this lively event inspired by the work of Lauren Child and her beloved characters.
Heather’s performance will be followed by a visit from Lauren Child, to meet Charlie and Lola fans and sign her books.
Free admission: no booking necessary. Suitable for children aged 3 – 7 years old
with Heather Burton
JERSEY LIBRARY / SATURDAY 30th SEPTEMBER / 15.30
When Sara is given an extra special dress for her birthday she feels powerful, she feels ten feet tall, like she can do anything! Sara decides that no matter what, she’s never going to take it off!
Join in the fun and adventure as we follow Sara’s story through a whole year. Will her parents ever persuade her to change her clothes? What happens when the dress gets dirty? What happens when it gets too small?
Through imaginative storytelling, music and dancing Heather Burton invites you on a fabulous journey about fierce independence and accepting that change isn’t as scary as we think!