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Prestigious children’s authors to gather in Grantham for weekend of events

The Federation of Children's Book Group's (FCBG) Inspire conference will take place at Wyndham Garden Hotel in April.
The Federation of Children's Book Group's (FCBG) Inspire conference will take place at Wyndham Garden Hotel in April.

The Lincolnshire Children’s Book Group is offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet top children’s authors and illustrators at a Grantham event.

The Wyndham Garden Hotel, formerly known as The Olde Barn Hotel, in Marston, will host the Federation of Children’s Book Group’s (FCBG) annual ‘Inspire’ conference on April 10-12.

It will see over 20 leading authors and illustrators, including the award-winning co-writer of the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony and Carnegie Medal winner for his book ‘Millions’, Frank Cottrell Boyce, speak and participate in a full programme of workshops.

Other big names from the world of children’s fiction at the event will include Philip Ardagh, who won the Roald Dahl Funny Prize for his Grubtown Tales series, and children’s TV presenter and Murderous Maths writer Kjartan Poskitt.

They will be joined by Shoutykid author Simon Mayle, River Singers’ Tom Moorhouse, Jonathan Stroud of Lockwood & Co series and The Wrong Pong series writer Steven Butler.

Starting on the evening of April 10 and concluding on the afternoon of April 12, the conference will see inspiring seminars from authors and illustrators, and give attendees the chance to ask questions and have books signed. In addition there will be quizzes, raffles, illustration auctions and a gala dinner.

The illustrators panel will comprise of Rob Biddulph, Sophy Henn and Dave Shelton, while the Young Adult panel will be chaired by Damian Kelleher alongside Non Pratt, Alice Oseman and Lisa Williamson.

There will be a non-fiction session led by Zoe Toft with Nicola Morgan, Nicola Davies and Marcia Williams. Publisher Kate Wilson, from her company Nosy Crow, will also be presenting.

On the evening of April 11, Frank Cottrell Boyce will be among those at a gala dinner and cocktails with one of the UK’s most acclaimed authors and spoken word artists, Steve Camden, who has performed all over the world as Polarbear.

For anyone with an interest in children’s literature, either as a budding author, teacher or librarian, there are still places available at ‘Inspire’ both on a residential or non-residential basis, and for the full weekend or any of the three days individually, with prices starting at £40.

Children over 14 are welcome to attend at a specially discounted rate of £35, and FCBG members will receive a discount on adult rates.

The Lincolnshire Children’s Book Group is one of 12 regional FCBG groups in the UK, and is run by volunteers in Grantham.

To see the full ‘Inspire’ conference programme, book a delegate place or for more information, visit www.lincschildrensbookgroup.org.uk or call 07713 621672.


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