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Bootle Children's Literary Festival is a project of Ykids charity who have been working with children, schools and partners in Bootle for over 20 years.  Through the festival we aim to encourage children to engage with a world of story, imagination and adventure.


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Watch out for details of Bootle Children's Literary Festival 2023

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Bootle Children's Literary Festival 2023


Ykids will be hosting the 4th Bootle Children’s Literary Festival this November with an exciting programme of events and activities across Bootle and North Liverpool.  2021 saw 35 schools and 16,500 people participate in author workshops, competitions, book signings, theatrical performances, and events, and 2023 is set to be even bigger and better. We are delighted that Frank Cottrell Boyce will be joining us again and we are awaiting confirmation from another bestselling children’s author.


Would your school be interested in taking part?

Please use the form below to express your interest and you will be informed as soon as our website is ready to take bookings. To make the process equitable, schools returning their expression of interest will have the opportunity to select their authors / workshop dates and preferences in the order we receive them.

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Let your imagination run free and write us a story!

Your task

  • Choose your category below (Just one)

  • Write a story (up to 500 words)

  • Think of a title

  • Draw your characters (optional)

  • Download & fill in the entry form and

  • Send us your story

Download the entry form below:

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Competition Closing Date
Friday 26th May 2023

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Winning stories will be published and revealed at a book launch during Bootle Children's Literary Festival 2023 in November

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