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We celebrated our third birthday by hosting the very first online literary festival organised entirely by children's writers. We had thoughroughly interesting posts, fabulously amusing videos and downright marvelous giveaways.

A full archive of the festival is available for you to enjoy, or click the links below:


Anne Cassidy Post: To Blog or Not To Blog?
Jo Cotterill
Anne Rooney & Mary Hoffman Video: Italian Inspiration
Celia Rees Post: Scattered Authors, the Beginning
Elen Caldecott Competition: Win ‘Operation Eiffel Tower'
Sally Nicholls Post: History
Gillian Philip Competition: Win ‘Bloodstone’ and ‘Firebrand’
Liz Kessler Competition: Win ‘A Year Without Autumn’
Sam Mills Video: Interview with Tyger Drew-Honey
Adele Geras
Jane Eagland Post: The Ups and Downs of Research
Enid Richemont
Malcolm Rose Post: Reader Gregor Kelly questions Malcolm Rose over Forbidden Island
Lucy Coats Video and Competition: Going to the Dogs–Tackling a Tricky Audience
Susan Price & Katherine Roberts Post: Kindles and Kids Books
Wendy Meddour Post: On Not Being a Famous Actress
Miriam Halahmy & Savita Kalhan Video drama and discussion about Edgy Fiction
Catherine Johnson Post: Rastamouse, the Moomins and Me
Penny Dolan
Linda Newbery & Julia Jarman
Emma Barnes: Bad Children
Dianne Hofmeyr & Miriam Moss On Picture Books
Kath Langrish Post: Magical Rooms in Children’s Fiction
Nicola Morgan Competition: Win ‘Write to be Published’ and a crabbit bag.
Julie Sykes Post and Competition: My Favourite Bears
Leila Rasheed Competition: Win a critique
Joan Lennon Post: The Flamingo and the Writer
Hilary McKay Competition: Win ‘Caddy’s World’
Fiona Dunbar & Keren David Video: In Conversation
Josh Lacey Competition: Win ‘Island of Thieves’
Marie-Louise Jensen & David Calcutt in conversation
Candy Gourlay Video: Creating a Legend
Karen Ball Competition: An Inspiring Giveaway
Linda Strachan & Cathy MacPhail Video: In Conversation
Malachy Doyle Post: The Happy Book
Michelle Lovric Competition: Win ‘The Undrowned Child’
Sue Purkiss Post: What the Dickens?
John Dougherty Competition and Composition
Lynne Garner Post: What's the Point of Twitter?
Nicky Browne Video: Finding history and herstory