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Reading is Magic Festival

13th Jul 20

Bath Children's Literature Festival will be taking place online this year, including a schools' programme of 25 events running from Sunday 27 September to Friday 2 October, and themed The Reading is Magic Festival.

The festival will set a daily theme drawing on specific points from Cressida Cowell's Childrens Laureate Charter,that 'every child has the right to...' - 'Be creative for at least fifteen minutes a week'; 'Have a planet to read on'; 'See themselves reflected in a book'; and 'Have advice from a trained librarian or bookseller'.

The Reading is Magic Festival will run in lieu of this autumn's Bath Children's Literature Festival and is aimed primarily at schools (KS1-KS3). It will be available to watch either at the point of broadcast or as on demand.

Bath Festivals has joined forces with Bradford Literature Festival, Borders Book Festival, Boswell Book Festival, North Cornwall Book Festival, Wigtown Book Festival, and Toronto International Festival of Authors to put on more than 25 events over six days.

The festival will open its virtual doors on Sunday 27 September with a special public event curated by Borders Book Festival. A week-long schedule of daily events will follow with Cressida joined by an all-star line-up of leading authors and illustrators.

Schools can incorporate the events into a learning programme, to be viewed either at point of broadcast or as on demand afterwards. Online materials and resources will support each event with book buying opportunities promoted
via local independent bookshops. Fun Kids Radio is a festival media partner and will be interviewing authors and running competitions in the run up to the festival.

Cressida Cowell said, "I was delighted when Bath Festivals suggested the Reading is Magic Festival in partnership with a network of other festivals, based on some of the themes in my Waterstones Children's Laureate Charter - the giant 'to do list' I announced on my appointment as Children's Laureate.

"Research shows that reading for the joy of it has powerful, measurable real-life benefits that can transform lives. This 'magic' ought to be available to everyone which is why the work literature festivals do with their local school communities to inspire a love of reading is so important.

"I am excited that the wonderful virtual programme of events in the Reading is Magic Festival will be available, for free, to schools up and down the country and internationally, so that young people, whether at home or in their classroom bubbles can experience the magic of books and reading."

More details of the events programme and how to access them will be announced ahead of the new academic year. Schools and families can sign up now to receive email updates at:

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