Our tireless press officer Hermione rounds up her latest adventure.
After a few days back in the office, I was off again. This time to sunny Bath for the annual Daily Telegraph Bath Festival of Children’s Literature – wow that’s a mouthful, I’m sticking to calling it Bath Kids' Lit Fest from now on!
People always look at me at bit suspiciously when I say I love my job, but that’s before they know how lucky I am to travel to all sorts of beautiful places for work. Bath is such a beautiful city and this festival is a really great event for all those budding young readers! This year, the festival started in a whirlwind of glitter as the super CBeebies star, Mister Maker stepped on stage to a huge crowd to perform.
Mister Maker showed us one of his famous Minute Makes and the crowd needed no encouragement to join in and make some goggly alien eyes…
For the rest of the weekend, we were stationed in the Mission Theatre for lots of giggly fun and cuddles onstage with Peppa Pig.
Followed by an amazing Lego-Tastic building event with a real-life Brickmaster (the only certified one in the country!) to make an enormous Lego Atlantis logo!
There were also appearances from some of our other friends at Penguin Children's books – a special birthday storytelling of Where's Spot, a Peter Rabbit puppet show and an out-of-this-world Doctor Who drawing workshop. Fans were taught how to draw their favourite monsters including Daleks and Cybermen. There was a long signing queue afterwards which only left us just enough time to pack up and and run for the train.
The weekend was a huge success and, as always, the best bit for me was seeing the children’s faces light up as their favourite characters come on stage, or watching them, totally absorbed, at a reading of one of our books. Moments such as these make all those days sat at my computer at Ladybird HQ preparing events well worth it!
Hermione Lawton, Press Officer