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Kiran Millwood Hargrave: The Girl of Ink & Stars

Event 12 Friday 2 March, 2pm Al Baraha 1, InterContinental

When Isabella’s best friend disappears, she volunteers to guide the search. With ink maps and her knowledge of the stars, can she navigate her island’s forgotten heart to find her friend?

Unbreakable friendships, dark secrets and legendary monsters abound in Kiran Millwood Hargrave’s bestselling and multi-award winning The Girl of Ink & Stars. Compared to fantasy greats such as Philip Pullman, Kiran’s star continues to rise with latest novel, The Island at the End of Everything.

Come and hear about Kiran’s love for myth and folklore – and why islands make such magical fictional worlds.

Language: English

Age Group: 8+

Kiran Millwood Hargrave: The Girl of Ink & Stars

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MG Leonard: Beetle Boy

Event 69 Saturday 3 March, 4pm Al Baraha 2, InterContinental

Authors: MG Leonard
MG Leonard was terrified of insects … until she wrote her award-winning first novel Beetle Boy. She discovered the extraordinary world of creepy-crawlies through Darkus and Baxter, a boy and a beetle on a mission to stop mad scientist fashionista Lucretia Cutter. The adventure continues in Beetle Queen and the forthcoming Battle of the Beetles.

In this bugtastic talk, MG Leonard will read from her books, and, with help from The Green Planet and some real life insects, she will talk about beetle super-powers and how these little creatures are important to the environment.

Language: English

Age Group: 8+

MG Leonard: Beetle Boy

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I Want… Tony Ross!

Event 121 Saturday 10 March, 12pm Al Baraha 3, InterContinental

Authors: Tony Ross
Come and see one of the best-loved illustrators of children’s books today as he draws live on stage!

Tony Ross is creator of the hilarious Little Princess series, the illustrator of Francesca Simon’s Horrid Henry, and the genius behind the drawings for all of David Walliams’ books.

This tour of his work features stories, loads of drawing and buckets of laughter, with a glimpse at his brand new book with Michael Rosen, Bah! Humbug! – a heartwarming take on Dickens’ classic tale.

Language: English

Age Group: 4+

I Want… Tony Ross!

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Korky Paul: Winnie the Witch

Event 115 Saturday 10 March, 2pm Al Baraha 2, InterContinental

Authors: Korky Paul
Are you ready for story silliness, exciting live draws and prizes galore? Then welcome to the wonderful world of Winnie the Witch!

In this fast-paced session, energetic illustrator Korky Paul needs your help to read and act from his stories, and then he’ll draw pictures straight out of his imagination! And keep your eyes peeled, because he’s asked Winnie to fly in to join him on stage….

Magical things always happen when Korky puts his pens and paints to paper .

Download the entry form for our ‘draw Winnie’s hat’ competition and bring your coloured picture to the session for a chance to win a prize. The form can be found here.

Language: English

Age Group: 6+

Korky Paul: Winnie the Witch

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Andy Riley: King Flashypants and the Toys of Terror

Event 128 Saturday 10 March, 4pm Al Baraha 3, InterContinental

King Flashypants is back for his third rib-tickling adventure!

Cartoonist and author Andy Riley is joined by friend and fellow Festival author David Walliams to present Edwin – the 9-year-old king who showers his subjects with sweets.

Andy’s hilarious series has been praised for its originality and laugh-out-loud humour, and in this fun-filled session he will read from the books, talk through how to create a place, hero and villain for a story, and draw whatever the audience shouts out – however crazy it might be!

Language: English

Age Group: 7+

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