This Christmas, Kingston upon Thames is set to launch the inaugural Kingston Children’s Literary Festival. As home to the critically-acclaimed Rose Theatre, the prestigious Kingston School of Art and the International Youth Arts Festival, this vibrant south west London borough is a much celebrated centre for arts, culture and learning.
Additionally with its unique historic character, thriving town centre and phenomenal shopping offer and just 30 minutes from Central London, Kingston has long been a number one visitor destination for families.
The Kingston Children’s Literary Festival has been designed to appeal to all ages [0-12 years old]. Parents and children alike are invited to listen to some of their favourite ‘festive’ and ‘non-festive’ tales from a line up some of the UK’s best loved children’s authors from Olaf Falafel (Father Christmas Heard a Parp) and Tom McLaughlin (The Accidental Father Christmas’) to Piers Torday (There May Be a Castle PB), Maudie Powell-Tuck (Last Stop on the Reindeer Express) and Pete Johnson (Louis and the Laugh Series).
The 30 minute intimate readings will take place in a host of stores, cafes, theatres and galleries across Kingston town centre.
Officially launched when the Kingston Christmas lights are switched-on on Thursday 16th November, the festival will run for five weeks, from Thursday 23rd November to Saturday 16th December. The first of its kind to be held in the town, it is hoped that the Kingston Children’s Literary Festival will become one of South West End London’s most anticipated annual events.
Kirsten Henly, Chief Executive of Kingston First commented: “Kingston is one of London’s number one family visitor destinations, situated on an idyllic strip of the river Thames with vibrant and locally unrivalled arts, cultural, dining and retail scene. This year, we are absolutely delighted to be hosting some of the UKs best loved children’s authors to launch our very first Kingston Children’s Literary Festival. We hope that it captures the hearts of children and becomes a firm family favourite on the Christmas calendar for years to come.”
Olaf Falafel, author of Father Christmas Heard a Parp commented: "I can't wait to teach the children of Kingston the noises that reindeers make when they've had too many sprouts!"
This will be a free but ticketed event series, to view the full schedule and book tickets please visit the Kingston Children’s Literary Festival web page on visitkingston.co.uk. Tickets are allocated on a first come first served basis.