Castle hosts fun packed children’s literature weekend

Niel Bushnell
Niel Bushnell
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Popular authors will feature alongside storytelling sessions and fun, practical workshops over the May Day Bank Holiday weekend for Lancaster Children’s Literature Festival.

Litfest presents a weekend full of literary events for children at Lancaster Castle.

Saturday May 3 will feature Simon Chapman, the Blue Peter Award winning author of the Explorer’s Wanted series.  

Simon is an illustrator as well as a writer and spends a lot of his free time exploring jungles and searching out mythical animals. His most recent books are the ‘Can You Survive’ series.

Simon is a science teacher at Morecambe High School.

Niel Bushnell, author of the high concept thriller Sorrowlines, will also feature on Saturday.

Niel also works as an artist and animator and has co-produced two animated episodes of the Doctor Who story The Ice Warriors. He has also been involved with the animation for the popular Tracy Beaker series.

Sunday sees two more authors presenting their work.

Sandra Glover is the critically acclaimed author of numerous books for children and young adults. Her stories are gritty, realistic and keep readers guessing until the very end. Sandra has been shortlisted for the Lancashire Book of the Year three times.

The final guest will be the celebrated Lancashire writer Joseph Delaney, bestselling author of The Wardstone Chronicles, the first of which is to be released as a major feature film next year. Joseph recently wrote The Ghost Prison, set in and inspired by the spooky surroundings of Lancaster Castle.

There will also be a number of storytelling and practical workshops including calligraphy, papermaking and a writing workshop with Claire Dean.

Events are priced individually. To book tickets please see