Great Malvern Festival of Stories for Children: 22 – 27 October 2024

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The Great Malvern Festival of Stories for Children is all set to return following the huge success of last year’s festival.

Taking place from 22 October to 27 October 2024, the six day festival will return across a number of venues throughout Great Malvern, with days for schools taking place during the week.

Formed by Malvern Hills District Council in partnership with Boffy Arts Events People the festival is a celebration of stories, with professional storytellers, children’s authors, illustrators, puppet companies, musicians, and theatre.

As well as ticketed events there are free storytelling sessions, art activities, film screenings and stalls by local authors across the weekend.

More details will be released nearer the time…

What’s On

The Great Malvern Festival of Stories for Children is part funded by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund #UKSPF

Thank you to the festival sponsors:

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Peter Chand

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With special thanks to:

With special thanks to everyone who helped the festival to go ahead – festival organisers Boffy Arts Events People and Jane Churchill as well as book publishers: Andersen Press, Bloomsbury Children’s Books, Chicken House, Faber Children’s Books, HarperCollins Children’s Books, Little Tiger, Macmillan Children’s Books, Otter-Barry Books, Simon & Schuster Children’s Books and Walker Books. Festival illustrations by Gail Hanks.

Schools Programme

This year’s Great Malvern Festival of Stories for Children includes an additional day for schools with the introduction of a Secondary Schools’ Day where Carnegie Medal winning Tanya Landman, the author of more than forty books for children and young adults will be visiting The Chase and Dyson Perrins High Schools.

Local Primary Schools have been invited to attend the festival with a fantastic programme of authors, storytellers, and puppetry, including Authors James Carter, Matt Goodfellow and Jasbinder Bilan; Storytellers Amy Douglas, Sally Tonge and Katy Cawkwell and live Puppetry from Clive Chandler, Fetch Theatre and Indigo Moon.

There are still some places available for the school programme so any school that has not yet booked a place should get in touch: [email protected]