Along with many other literature festivals, the North Cornwall Book Festival has been forced to announce the cancellation of its autumn event, which includes a schools’ programme of live author and illustrator workshops. Under the leadership of Bath Festivals, the partnership of festival organisations will create both a national and international platform and narrative that promotes the value of reading and books. Bath Festivals has joined forces with Bradford Literature Festival, Borders Book Festival, Boswell Book Festival, North Cornwall Book Festival, Wigtown Book Festival, and Toronto International Festival of Authors to put on more than 25 events over five days.
The festival has been named as a tribute to Waterstones Children’s Laureate Cressida Cowell’s key message “reading is magic”. The award-winning children’s author and creator of the How To Train Your Dragon and Wizards of Once book series said, “I truly believe reading is magic. Books have a transformative magic in their unique ability to develop three key magical powers; intelligence, creativity and empathy.”
In association with Cressida, the festival focuses on specific points from the Waterstones Children’s Laureate Charter to set a daily theme in line with its manifesto of ‘Every child has the right to…’
- Be creative for at least 15 minutes a week
- Have a planet to read on
- See themselves reflected in a book
- Have advice from a trained librarian or bookseller
The Reading is Magic Festival will promote creativity and connection through stories and shared experiences, creating content for children and young people in primary and secondary schools. The festival will open its virtual doors on Sunday 27 September with a special public event curated by Borders Book Festival. A week-long schedule of daily events will follow with Cressida joined by an all-star line-up of leading authors and illustrators.
Schools can incorporate the events into a learning programme, to be viewed either at point of broadcast or as on demand afterwards. Online materials and resources will support each event with book buying opportunities promoted via local independent bookshops. Fun Kids Radio is a festival media partner for the festival and will be interviewing authors and running competitions in the run up to the festival.
Please do take the time to visit the festival website www.readingismagicfestival.com where you will find the latest information and updates on this exciting event.