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Thousands of children set to enjoy return of literary festival

Thousands of children set to enjoy return of literary festival

by Tom Martin (October 2021)

SEFTON youngsters have been invited to get involved in the return of Bootle Children’s Literary Festival.

The event, hosted by Ykids children’s charity and supported by the Arts Council and Granada Foundation, will feature renowned authors such as Frank Cottrell-Boyce,  world record breaking explorer Alice Morrison, poet Levi Tafari and award-winning hip hop artist Professor Elemental, among a host of other local authors, artists and poets.

This year’s festival is themed around time machines and will see authors, artists and performers visit more than 24 schools across south Sefton and offer immersive workshops at Kingsley and Co – a Steam Punk Children’s bookshop and explorers emporium based in the Strand Shopping centre.

In addition to school visits and workshops, the festival will feature two free family fun events in the shopping centre on Saturday, November 6 and Saturday, November 13.

On November 6, the time machine will travel to the past, where there will be performances from Professor Elemental, an audience with Frank Cottrell-Boyce, story workshops, crafts, literacy trails, meet an explorer and games with pour local Steampunk community. There will also be a display of time machines and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

On November 13, the time machine will travel to the future, featuring the robot Titan, a virtual reality experience, a robot dress-up competition, illustration competition, workshops crafts and more.

Ykids will also be launching the ‘Horrid History Map of Bootle’ an interactive map of old Bootle created by children during lockdown. 

This interactive fold-out map features videos, photographs, quizzes and facts all collated and re-enacted by children and staff from Ykids’ Horrid History group during the pandemic.

The map will be freely available for the public to try out, interact with and discover the rich history of Bootle. The project would not have been possible without the generous funding made available by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

In addition to the public events and schools program, Ykids has partnered with other organisations such as St Leonard’s, In Another Place, Start Creative CIC and Bootle Library to bring educational experiences to children. Find the full program at the website: kingsleyandco.org/bclf

Follow Ykids on social media for updates and how to get involved.

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