Storytale Festival 2019

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Storytale is an exciting new book festival founded by Southville residents, Ellie Freeman and author Kate Frost. Taking place in various venues around the city, it is a week-long festival celebrating the wonderful world of children’s books. Accessible and affordable, there’ll be something for everyone from interactive and sensory storytelling for tots to inspiring talks and workshops for teens.

Chapter 1 of the Storytale Festival begins on Friday 25th October 2019, with prequel events leading up to it. Go on adventures with our storytellers as they bring words and pictures to life, and journey through the pages with Bristol’s talented children’s book authors and illustrators as they give you exclusive access to the tales behind their books.

Storytale’s flagship event, Wild Writing with Anna Wilson, Chris Vick and Mimi Thebo will open the main festival on Saturday 26th October with a wildly fun session featuring huge cardboard animals! More wild and wonderful creatures can be discovered during BBC producer Justin Anderson’s Secrets of Snow Leopards event at Stanfords, while children will love being immersed in stories and creating their own characters with illustrators Paula Bowles and Nicola Colton during their events, Superkitty at the Elephant House, and Smart Kitties and Mucky Pups at Storysmith.

Festival highlights will include a Writing for Children panel at The Watershed, co-hosted by the Bristol Festival of Literature, along with The Picture Book Process with illustrator Sean Julian hosted by PIP at the Tobacco Factory. Children can get creative and write their own stories in three very different creative writing workshops led by Bristol authors Damaris Young, Kate Frost and Emma Read. Arnos Vale will be the wonderfully atmospheric woodland setting for storytelling for youngsters in the events, Winter Sleep and “Uh-Oh” Said Flo.

With dozens of events for all ages taking place in various venues throughout Bristol, there’ll be something for everyone. Storytale Festival runs over October half term from 25th October to 3rd November.

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