This winter will see the inaugural Kingston Children’s Literary Festival take centre stage in town. Designed to appeal to children of all ages, the literary festival will showcase an array of books sure to captivate your children’s bright minds.
Words Gabrielle Hernandez
Kingston upon Thames is a hub for all things arts and culture. Its critically-acclaimed theatre, the prestigious School of Art and the International Youth Arts Festival have helped established the south-west London borough as a vibrant source for intellectual growth.
It will now blossom into even more of a idyllic destination for families looking for a fun, educational way to celebrate the holiday season. Parents and children alike are invited to take part in book readings featuring a delightful selection of old favourites as well as some new finds.
The majority of the selection will perfectly complement the holiday season, focusing on the wonders of Christmas. The line-up includes some of the UK’s most loved children’s authors and illustrators.
Listen to Olaf Falafel read his festively funny Father Christmas Heard a Parp. Have a laugh with Pete Johnson and one of his favourites from the Louis the Laugh Series. Embark on a holiday adventure with Tom McLaughlin in The Accidental Father Christmas.
These intimate readings will take place in a variety of stores, cafes, theatres and galleries across Kingston town centre, truly enveloping the community in the literary fun.
To get into the holiday spirit, the event will officially launch when the Christmas lights are switched on in Kingston and will run from 18 November to 16 December. It is hoped that, with a successful inaugural run, the festival will develop into a beloved holiday tradition.
“We hope that it captures the hearts of children and becomes a firm family favourite on the Christmas calendar for years to come,” says Kirsten Henly, Chief Executive of Kingston First.
Perhaps you and your little one will find a new favourite to add to your bedtime routine or, even better, develop a lovely holiday tradition.