Inaugural Hitchin Children’s Book Festival is a success

Hitchin Children's Book Festival: Danny Pearson with James Mayhew and Harriet Muncaster. Picture: Br

Hitchin Children's Book Festival: Danny Pearson with James Mayhew and Harriet Muncaster. Picture: British Schools Museum - Credit: Archant

Kids of all ages enjoyed meeting authors James Mayhew and Harriet Muncaster during the inaugural Hitchin Children’s Book Festival at the weekend.

James Mayhew at the Hitchin Children's Book Festival. Picture: British Schools Museum

James Mayhew at the Hitchin Children's Book Festival. Picture: British Schools Museum - Credit: Archant

The festival – held on Saturday at the British Schools Museum in Queen Street – saw smiles all round as stories were accompanied by face-painting, craft sessions, author Q&As and book signings.

James and Harriet entertained the crowd with tales and workshops that brought their stories to life across the morning.

There was even a visit from Alice and the White Rabbit, brought to life by actors from the Letchworth-based Imajica Theatre Company.

Festival organising chief Danny Pearson told the Comet: “What a morning! I am delighted with how the Hitchin Children’s Book Festival went.

James Mayhew at the Hitchin Children's Book Festival. Picture: British Schools Museum

James Mayhew at the Hitchin Children's Book Festival. Picture: British Schools Museum - Credit: Archant


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“It was fantastic to see how much the kids, and adults, enjoyed the festival. I hope the event inspired people and I was overwhelmed by all the positive messages I received before, during and after the event.

“People have asked for more – so watch out for news of future events coming to Hitchin in the new year!”

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Danny added that the team would like to give a massive thank you to James and Harriet, as well as to the staff and volunteers at the British Schools Museum, Waterstones Hitchin and festival logo designer Dan Bramall.

James added: “I was thrilled to part of this first ever Hitchin Children’s Book Festival. I’m amazed it hasn’t happened before, and congratulations to Danny Pearson for putting together such a superb event.

“It was a real pleasure to be hosted by the British Schools Museum, and to work alongside my own ex-student, the hugely talented Harriet Muncaster.

“I hope the festival grows and grows into a national literature festival. It certainly deserves to!”

See britishschoolsmuseum.co.uk and imajicatheatrecompany.co.uk for more.

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