Day by Day – the Festival stars- Monday 23rd June

Monday kicks off  bright and early with Performance poet and musician James Carter at Earlsdon PriJames carter jpgmary. Ever met an alien? James Carter is probably the closest you’ll get! Come along for an action-packed hour full of wild guitar playing and thoughtful as well as beastly and madcap poems from his two latest books GRRR! and Journey To The Centre Of My Brain  The second half of the session will include a workshop and a poem that teachers can take straight to the classroom to develop further. Please don’t forget to bring along your air guitar!

For KS1, over at Southfields Primary we have our very own Alex.T. Smith. It has been a frantically busy year for the Official World Book day artist and designer of our loveclaude-blog-claude-baublesly Literally logo with its cheeky Lady Godiva! But he still finds time to creat wonderful new books and to support his local Festival! So come along to meet his new hero Hector and to find out what everyone’s favourite little dog, Claude, has been getting up to.

Meanwhile they are having a very exciting time at Mount Nod with Gareth P Jones. An award winning  author most famous for his comic-gothic book, The Considine Curse, which won the Blue Peter Book of the Year 2012, here he will be talking about the small, gareth_p_jones_photo__fullfurry and deadly Ninja Meerkats. Hidden in the remotest reaches of the Red Desert, legend tells of an elite fighting force of meerkats – The Clan of the Scorpion. Under the guidance of their mentor, the wise (and cryptic) Grandmaster One-Eye, and armed with ninja-know-how, these four warriors are sworn to protect the world from the evil plans of their enemy, the Ringmaster… These are perfect for newly confident readers!

For older readers there is a real treat in store at Frederick Bird Primary.Travel through time to explore the Scottish borders in medieval time complete with some seriously evil snakes in this fascinating talk for boys and girls aged 8 – 12 years. The Serpent HouseBea davenport pg is an action-packed adventure story partly set in a grand Victorian house (like Downton Abbey!) and partly in the murky world of a leper hospital in medieval times, where a doctor with sinister designs is ‘treating’ his patients. Ex-journalist and author Bea Davenport will delight young people with talk of her research, her writing method and the personal stories she’s woven in to the book.

Intrepid poet James Carter leaps over to Stoke Library later in the morning for a Hey Little Bug Rhymetime. A gentle, fun and interactive session. Expect action rhymes, music and poems aplenty full of bugs, bubbles, funny faces, pirates and aliens – not to mention riddles – all of which feature in James’ collections ‘Hey, Little Bug!’ poems for little creatures

The afternoon kicks off at St Gregory’s with popular picture book author Tracey Corderoy who shows that she can write pacy young fiction too with her troll characters The Grunt and The Grouch and the madcap Crumb family.

My aim is to bring stories to life, allowing my characters to leap off the page and into the child’s imagination. This, I’m convinced, is the key to making stories truly magical…
tracey corderoyjpgJust as my characters take me on their journey, we invite our audience along too. My sessions are very interactive with each child being given the opportunity to participate fully in the story experience while I seamlessly deliver key learning goals. Yes – the children don’t even know they’re learning – it’s great!

At Sacred Heart they are in for an exciting space adventure with the Mars Evacuees

BecausMars-Evacueese until you have been shot at, pursued by terrifying aliens, taught maths by a laser-shooting robot goldfish and tried to save the galaxy, I don’t think you can say that you’ve really lived. If the same thing happens to you, this is my advice: Always carry duct tape.

Author Sophia McDougall introduces the book and reads from it. She also talks to the children about storytelling. She then plays a game with the children where they write their own story from words given to them by Sophia. sophia

Sophia is also a best selling adult author and later on at Earlsdon Library she will be talking to adults and young adults about Strange histories, weird worlds and wild women. She compares writing for children and writing for adults, discusses how history influences her imaginary worlds and explores the role of women in contemporary fiction.

Tickets for all these  FREE events are available on our Eventbrite booking site

We must not forget that while all this is going on secondary schools will be facing the Hunger Games Challenge, run by Coventry Schools Library Service at Warwick Arts Centre. As well as watching a special showing of Catching Fire they will be competeing for prizes in a test of their knowledge of the Hunger Games trilogy.

And that is just Monday …….

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Introducing Literally Book Festival Day Five

It’s been a fabulous and manic week and tonight I got some fabulous photos from Gren Smith from the week!  So here they are, don’t forget to pop and see us all day at Theatre Absolute from 9.30am.

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Introducing Literally Day Three – The Big One!

Day three of the festival brings the Coventry Inspiration Book Awards to the city along with our award winning authors.

I’m ‘fresh’ home from the awards ceremony, still on a high from giving a speech for Sir Quentin Blake, but I have also met some other amazing people today and so have the children in Coventry!

I stewarded a first for the festival an event at Coffee Tots with Rhonda Armitage and Layn Marlow for their Inspiration Book Award winning A Very Strange Creature.  The children loved acting out the story, singing songs and doing crafts with Layn and Rhonda and I enjoyed hosting them for the day and also ‘doing the sights’ yes, we do have some in Coventry and it’s nice seeing it through someone else’s eyes!

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With thanks to the fabulous Stacey Raven Photography for the pictures.

I met Levi Pinfold at the station with his steward Julia, they had a great day at Parkgate primary and they have shared a few pictures with us…

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Helen Watt enjoyed her event at Tile Hill Wood, and here’s a sneaky peek at the gifts our authors get!

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And the awards…what can we say about those?  Well they are always an inspiration, the readers talking about each book as ever did us proud, what a great city of readers we belong to!  Our very own Alex T Smith live tweeted through the ceremony so you can find pictures of all the winners and some comments from authors in our tweet feed!

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What an amazing day and evening!  And it is still going on!  Keep following us on Twitter: @literallycov #covbkfest

BRING ON DAY FOUR!!

Introducing Literally Book Festival Day Two

Well, there was a Coventry family feel to today with local author’s Alex T Smith, Ann Evans, Cathy Cassidy and Rosie Goodwin arriving in Coventry.

We held out first ladies (and men) who lunch event with Rosie Goodwin at Blue Bistro, it was a lovely informal way to meet an author and we really could have talked all afternoon!

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Alex T Smith went down a storm at with All Saints and Hollyfast primaries with all the children joining in learning how to draw Primrose!

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Various other events across the city were enjoyed by all ages, more event pictures will be added as they arrive!

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Guy Bass Author tweeted: Thanks for everything, – mine was a fun . Good luck for the rest and keep doing what you do.

Linda Collingwood Committee Member tweeted: Brill visit at school by author William Osborne . Used to live in LA + chose to visit Cov!

St Osburg’s school tweeted: A lovely afternoon with at the Warwick Arts Centre! Another successful event thanks to

Tracy Lynch Committee Member tweeted: “Being a writer is a lot of waiting around with sml bits of very exciting stuff” tells us

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Introducing Literally Book Festival Day One

What a start to the festival!

The excitement started when our very own author and illustrator Alex T Smith decorated one of the windows at Waterstone’s Coventry with a handpainted Lady Godiva and the team there added books from many of our authors.  It looks brilliant!

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Events happened today at schools across the city, Warwick Arts Centre and the Central Library –

Kathleen McGuiness said on facebook “I have just hosted an author event at St John Vianney. The lovely talented, Jo Simmons came to town to tell us a whiskery mystery! She now has a whole bunch of new fans! We had a bonus though as the great Alex T Smith paid an unexpected visit too with Sian his lovely mum. It was a great event,A good time was had by all so thank you, all who were involved. What a great start to the week!”

Alison Patchett said on facebook “A big thank you to all at SJV. A group of thirty excited children and adults came back to Mount Nod after a thoroughly entertaining afternoon. What a great start to the event for our children….”

Author Sam Gayton tweeted “Thanks for having me – especially to Dom who drove me round, brought me a cheese and ham sandwich and let me call him an old fart!”

St Osburg’s tweeted “Year 5 has a lovely afternoon with author Sam Gayton.  A big thank you to Literally for organising it”

Author Lou Kuenzler tweeted: “Did lovely event at @LiterallyCov huge fun and fabulous questions from the kids.  Many thanks to all for setting it up.  Fab festival with brill stuff”

Iain Broome tweeted: “Lovely evening reading at @LiterallyCov and thanks for my #saucybookmark gift”

What a great day!  Do add your comments about any events you went to below.

Like Alex T Smith’s artwork?  Want to win it?
If you would like to win Alex T Smith’s signed Lady Godiva window poster for your school all you need to do is draw your favourite book character on an A4 piece of paper and bring it in to Waterstones Coventry by 23rd June 2013
Please write your name, age and school on the back of your drawing, and good luck! The winner will be notified by 26th June 2013

Great opportunity!  Join us tomorrow for more fun!!  If you want to write up an event you attended as a blog, please do, email to charlotte.reed@coventry.gov.uk

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Literally Bookmarks

Last year we had Cash’s silk bookmarks made with Alex T Smith’s fabulous Godiva logo on it to give to each visiting author.  It was a special gift to say thank you.  This year we are offering the community the chance to buy one of these special keepsakes to support the festival.

Read the Coventry Telegraph article via the link below to find out more…

http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/bookmarks-sale-launch-literally-coventry-3012715

 

Introducing Literally’s Sian Smith

Meet Sian, Retired Head, mother of an Author & Illustrator and book lover…

Tracey McGeever asked me to join the team as I had recently retired from Headship and she felt I would have time to spare! I loved the idea of Coventry’s own book festival so I agreed – and that’s when I stopped having any ‘time’ and for the next six months life became a frantic round of meetings, funding discussions / issues as well as the fun part of reading lots of books by the authors and illustrators that had been invited- not that I ever need an excuse to read!

So why did I really agree to get involved? Well I love reading, story telling, theatre, and book shops. I come from a family of readers and storytellers.

My Welsh English teacher, writer father introduced me to many and varied stories, authors and poets and my Irish mother could spin a great yarn and tell endless stories from her childhood. If you have ever been at a Irish family gathering, you will know exactly what I mean!

As an only child, many happy hours were spent ‘escaping ‘ to different places with different people and I envied the ability to write .

Teaching was the best job to allow me to indulge a passion for children’s books – I love them! I love the illustrations, the silliness of many of the stories and mostly I love the way books and stories can light up a child’s world and offer opportunities  to escape into another world, to learn about the world, who they are and who they aspire to be. I’m so lucky and proud now to be able to enjoy, understand and experience the process of creating books though a talented family member who writes and illustrates.

Literally…. gave us the opportunity to give many young and not so young in this city the chance to experience the talents of many authors and illustrators (and the committee loved those opportunities too!) I’ve worked with new people, made new friends and laughed!

Last year was hard work, we had sleepless nights and we hardly stopped to breathe during Festival Week but it was an amazing experience and so here we are again  ….. Meeting, worries, no time BUT… It’s exciting, inspiring and actually I can’t wait for June to do it all again!