Mister Maker and Peppa Pig wow the crowds at Bath’s Kids Literary Festival

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.

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The audience were brilliant. They were so enthusiastic and joined in whenever they could.

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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…

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…resulting in some praiseworthy efforts!

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For the rest of the weekend, we were stationed in the Mission Theatre for lots of giggly fun and cuddles onstage with Peppa Pig.

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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

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