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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 the last 19 years.  Through the festival we aim to encourage children to engage with a world of story, imagination and adventure.

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'"Look after your pencils! Every single pencil and pen is crammed full of stories just waiting to be released. To set them free just scratch the pointy end on a piece pf  paper and let your imagination do the rest!"

- Tommy Donbavand

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 Monday 1st November 

 Kingsley&Co 
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The Time Machine

Have a ride on our very own Time Machine created by artist Mike Walker. Watch cartoons created from children's stories by the amazing illustrator Baz Sellers.

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 Tuesday 2nd November 

 Kingsley&Co 
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The Time Machine

Have a ride on our very own Time Machine created by artist Mike Walker. Watch cartoons created from children's stories by the amazing illustrator Baz Sellers.

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 Wednesday 3rd November 

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 Kingsley&Co 
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Arts Groupie
Kitty Wilson Workshop

Travel back in time to meet a real life Victorian, public washhouse pioneer Katherine Wilkinson. Currently the only female statue on display in St Georges Hall, Liverpool.

 Kingsley&Co 
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The Time Machine

Have a ride on our very own Time Machine created by artist Mike Walker. Watch cartoons created from children's stories by the amazing illustrator Baz Sellers.

Thursday 4th November 

Friday 5th November 

The first Saturday of #BCLF21 is based on the past... What did Victorians think the future would look like? Will time travel be possible? Fun and games with the Steam Punk Community!

Take a look at the line up and activities below... 

 Monday 8th November 

 Kingsley&Co 
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The Time Machine

Have a ride on our very own Time Machine created by artist Mike Walker. Watch cartoons created from children's stories by the amazing illustrator Baz Sellers.

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 Tuesday 9th November 

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  Wednesday 10th November 

 School Workshop 
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Natalie Reeves-Billing is a local children's author with a passion for making literacy accessiblie.

 Kingsley&Co 
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Have a ride on our very own Time Machine created by artist Mike Walker. Watch cartoons created from children's stories by the amazing illustrator Baz Sellers.

The Time Machine

 Kingsley&Co 
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Have a ride on our very own Time Machine created by artist Mike Walker. Watch cartoons created from children's stories by the amazing illustrator Baz Sellers.

The Time Machine

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  Thursday 11th November 

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  Friday 12th November 

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Saturday 6th November
FREE Family Event at Kingsley&Co
Strand Shopping Centre, Bootle, L20 4SW

 Saturday 6th November 
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Professor Elemental

Professor Elemental is an award-winning Hip-Hop artist and rapper, known for his steampunk style, improvisation and comedy.

 Saturday 6th November 
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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Trike!

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Steampunkn Friends!

Parasol battles, Tea games and a lot nof mischief!

 Saturday 6th November 
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Frank Cottrell-Boyce

Join us for an Audience with Frank Cottrell-Boyce, and young author, Sophia Cole as we pick his brains about being a children's author!

 Saturday 6th November 
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Horrid History Map
of Bootle

 Saturday 6th November 
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Alice Morrison

Join an exclusive ZOOM interview with the amazing Alice Morrison - live from Morrocco! Reserve your seat below:

 Saturday 6th November 
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Crafts

Enjoy making FREE crafts with the family, and crafts will be available to buy in the shop

 Saturday 6th November 
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Daniel Riding

Book in to a fantastic story workshop with children's author, Daniel Riding!

 Saturday 6th November 
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The Time Machine

Have a ride on our very own Time Machine created by artist Mike Walker. Watch cartoons created from children's stories by the amazing illustrator Baz Sellers.

Saturday 13th November
FREE Family Event at Kingsley&Co
Strand Shopping Centre, Bootle, L20 4SW

The second Saturday of #BCLF21 is based on the future...

What technology will we use? What will we wear? Will we all have robots?

Check out the line up and activities below...

 Saturday 13th November 
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Titan the Robot

Titan is a world-renowned robot, starring in shows across the world and is the ultimate family entertainment!

 Saturday 13th November 
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Baz Sellers
*Cancelled*

Unfortunately due to illness, Baz cannot be with us this weekend. However, we have lots of workshops you can book in to - see our What's On page

 Saturday 13th November 
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Robot Dress-Up Competition

Come to Kingsley&Co on 13th November dressed as a robot and recieve a prize!

 Saturday 13th November 
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Virtual Reality Experience

Delve into the future of technology with our VR experience, play games and explore other worlds!

 Saturday 13th November 
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The Time Machine

Have a ride on our very own Time Machine created by artist Mike Walker. Watch cartoons created from children's stories by the amazing illustrator Baz Sellers.

Sat 6 & 13th November 
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Narnia Escape Room

Can you solve the puzzles and escape the escape rooms?

'In Another Place' hosts the Escape room challenge... More details to follow

 Saturday 13th November 
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Horrid History Map

Ykids will be launching the Horrid History Map of Bootle - an interactive map with horrid facts, quizzes, pictures and more!

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Family Workshops with
Patricia Churchill

Explore poetry with Patricia Churchill as she zooms through the history of limericks, andl sets you off writing one of your own!

Patricia will also lead Haiku workshops - each will be 30 minutes long.

 Saturday 13th November 
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The Leonards

A display of pictures from the Tom Rooney collection exploring 'old Bootle'. Available to view from 11-3pm

 
Circular Library

Join in with the #BCLF Library Program

 Thursday 4th November 
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 Friday 5th November 
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Stitch Group

It’s a creative space for making new friends and creating new textile projects. Stitch Club is open to everyone, whether you’re super-skilled or a complete novice with a needle.

11am-1pm

 Monday 8th November 
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Story & Rhyme
with Jude Lennon

10:30am at Bootle Library

Jude Lennon is a brilliant local children's author and storyteller.

 
 

The winners will be announced on
13th November during
Bootle Children’s Literary Festival #BCLF21

Have you ever wondered what the future will look like? What will cars look like? What will people wear? What kind of transport will people be riding in?
 

You task is to illustrate the front cover for a magazine for 100 years in the future, the year 2121.

 

  • 1. Choose ONE of the magazines

  • 2. Design a magazine cover based on the title and brief

  • 3. Fill in the form and send us your magazine cover

Download the competition pack below:

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With thanks to ...

- Periscope Productions - Human Libraries - Simon Parry - Baz Sellers - In Another Place - Strand Shopping Centre - Sean Lightning -
Sophia Cole - Tish Toglet & her Steampunk Friends - The Atkinson - St Leonards & The Leonards - The Sound Agents - Mike Walker - Rule of Threes -