We love a good children’s literature festival, so we’re looking forward to the South Ken Kids Festival, which celebrates its 15th anniversary from 21st to 25th November. So, what can you expect this year? Well, patron and all-round marvellous chap Quentin Blake (The Green Ship is a current favourite in our house – if you haven’t read it, do so) is celebrating (his 80th birthday) too, so he’ll be doing his illustrative thing and judging a nationwide children’s drawing competition.
Other workshops will be run by Salvatore A Walk in New York Rubbino and FrÃ©dÃ©rique Bertrand, where you’ll build a city and draw a huge skyscraper, Lydia What the Ladybird Heard Monks and Janik Hippopposites Coat will be making fiery creatures and the characters of The Gruffalo and I am so Handsome battle it out in a class with Axel Scheffler and Mario Ramos.
Some events are for the over fives, but there’s plenty for the little ones, including the workshops mentioned and screenings of The Gruffalo’s Child. Ticket prices start from Â£5 – buy now as they get booked up quickly. A great opportunity for your child to get up close and personal with the people whose books they love to explore at bedtime.
Illustration taken from A Walk in London by Salvatore Rubbino