Next Festival

01 . 10 . 2015

Dame Jacqueline Wilson

Dame Jacqueline Wilson, former Children’s Laureate, has written over 100 novels for children and 2016 marks the 25th anniversary of her perennially popular character Tracy Beaker. We are thrilled to welcome Dame Jacqueline to Hertford for the launch of HCBF 2016

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James Mayhew

Award-winning, bestselling James Mayhew is one of our best loved writer-illustrators with his immensely popular Katie series – an original and much-loved introduction to art for children. The Katie series now sells in some of the most famous museums and galleries in the world. We are thrilled to welcome James back to HCBF. James Mayhew will be joined by celebrated Russian concert pianist Alexander Ardakov for a magical event. The audience will watch James paint the story behind Mussorgsky’s Pictures At An Exhibition whilst Alexander plays the piano. The paintings produced will be given out at the end of the performance.

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John Hegley

John Hegley is a much loved poet, performer and musician. He has produced ten books of verse and prose pieces, two CDs and one mug. Some of his best loved works are I Am A Poetato, Stanley's Stick and My Dog Is A Carrot. We are delighted that John will be with us at HCBF2016 on our launch day for the Gala event and a special schools event on Thursday 22nd September at Hertford Theatre

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Swallows & Amazons

The Walker children - also known as Captain John, Mate Susan, Able-Seaman Titty, and Ship's Boy Roger - set sail on the Swallow and head for Wild Cat Island. There they camp under open skies, swim in clear water and go fishing for their dinner. But their days are disturbed by the Blackett sisters, the fierce Amazon pirates. The Swallows and Amazons decide to battle it out, and so begins a summer of unforgettable discoveries and incredible adventures.

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Why The Whales Came

Multi-award-winning performer and storyteller Danyah Miller vividly brings to life another enchanting tale by Michael Morpurgo.
Gracie and Daniel have been warned to stay away from the mad Birdman - but the message in the sand tells them that the Birdman isn't what he seems.

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