Next Festival

01 . 10 . 2015

JONNY ZUCKER 1966-2016

7 Nov 2016

It is with a deep sense of shock, and immense sadness, that we tell you of the passing of Jonny Zucker. A talented writer who inspired thousands of children, Jonny was a great asset to HCBF - and a very dear friend. May you rest in peace, you beautiful man. xxx

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HCBF 2016

3 Aug 2016


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not long to go!

6 Jun 2016

Just a little over a week away, HCBF2016 will come to town bringing wonderful authors and exciting events to Hertford Theatre from 22-25 September.

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not long to wait...

16 Nov 2015

Our fantastic film crew Ghost Media are busy putting the final touches to the footage taken at this year's HCBF... While you're waiting, why not have a look at this. Steven Camden was a huge hit at this year's festival, performing to appreciative audiences at Sele and Richard Hale.

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23 Sep 2015

Join us for our spectacular Gala launch of HCBF2015 at Hertford Theatre on 1st October.

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10 Sep 2015

A screening of PADDINGTON followed by a chance to meet Judy and Jonathan Brown!
Suitable for all ages. Tickets £5

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HCBF2015 news!

24 Jun 2015

Authors! Performers! HCBF2015 poster design!

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HCBF2015 - our superstars so far!

25 Apr 2015

Guess who's coming to town for HCBF 2015...

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a-plottin' & a-plannin' we go...

22 Mar 2015

All systems go go go! Freya and Maureen are busy planning the "Who-What-Where-When..." for the 2015 Festival.

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Gala Evening 2014

23 Feb 2015

Our Gala Evening 2014 - huge stars of stage, screen and book helped us launch the Festival.

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world exclusive! HCBF video!

1 Feb 2015

our video capturing the spirit of HCBF2014

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Sherlock Q&A - Martin Freeman & Amanda Abbington

19 Jan 2015

Check out our YouTube channel for the FULL Length Q&A session with the fabulous Martin Freeman & the lovely Amanda Abbington.

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HCBF - 2015 Dates!

19 Jan 2015

We are very pleased to announce that HCBF will be once again returning on the 1st - 7th October 2015.

We would love to see you there and we really can't wait for another fantastic festival.

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YouTube Channel!

6 Jan 2015

YouTube we're here!

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DAVID BADDIEL - a writer who knows what children want!

26 Sep 2014

Ever feel a bit fed up with your parents? Fancy a change? Why not pop down to THE PARENT AGENCY and choose different ones?
Fantastic comedian, writer, producer and star of TV & radio DAVID BADDIEL has written his first novel for children. THE PARENT AGENCY is "a weird world where parents don't just have kids - instead, kids get to choose their perfect Mum and Dad!"

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16 Sep 2014

Would you know what to do if Hertford was suddenly taken over by zombies? Luckily, we know the very man who does! CHARLIE HIGSON is one of the stars of our festival and you can meet him on Oct 4th at 2pm! We caught up with Charlie for a chat last week...

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What's Your Favourite Book?

2 Sep 2014

We asked some of our authors and performers to recall their favourite books when they were growing up.  Here’s what they said.

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Welcome to Hertford Childrens Book Festival

1 Sep 2014

Welcome to our shiny new website! We hope you’ll enjoy your visit - we’d love to know what you think so do get in touch. We’re very excited for our forthcoming Festival which this year runs 2nd - 8th October.

We hope you’ll have the chance to meet a famous author either at school or at one of our events in Hertford. Remember you can also follow us on twitter @hcbf_bookfest and we’re also on

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