The 2013 events will run during Autumn Half-Term (last week in October) with the Book Bash taking place in the new Library of Birmingham on Saturday 2nd November 2013.
There may also be some Young Readers Year Round events happening around that week with Schools and opportunities for some Community Libraries to run Fun Days.
Thank you for all the support for YR 2012 and lets look forward to the continuation of Young Readers, the greatest children's book event in Birmingham (and beyond)!!
We saw an incredible 'Book Bash', one of the best ever. Some brilliant events organised for libraries around Birmingham and some amazing performances at the Library Theatre.
We would also like to remember Janet Brisland, who was a bringer of joy and inspiration to Young Readers. She is sadly missed.
As we wave goodbye to 2012, we now look forward to Young Readers Year Round events for 2013....... WATCH THIS SPACE!!
Teams will then get professional poet coach mentors and master classes will be run on
Wednesday 21st November 2012.
THE SCHOOLS GO HEAD-TO-HEAD in a dramatic
ANTI-BULLYING POETRY SLAM EVENT
Gareth P. Jones
10.30 - 11.30 Friday 16th November 2012 at Birmingham Library Theatre.Gareth writes and performs songs for each of his books and is a master of highly interactive and energetic events for children aged 6‐12 years.
Sam Toop lives in a funeral parlour, blessed (or cursed) with an unusual gift. While his father buries the dead, Sam is haunted by their constant demands for attention. Trouble is afoot on the 'other side' ‐ there is a horrible disease that is mysteriously imprisoning ghosts into empty houses in the world of the living. And Sam is caught in the middle ‐ will he be able to bring himself to help?
Gareth P. Jones has woven a darkly comic story, a wonderfully funny adventure that roams the grimy streets of Victorian London.
This is a free event for years 5 and 6.
On her first tour of duty in the war-torn country, Private Nielson is pulled into a dangerous intrigue surrounding a mysterious young Afghan girl. In her search for the truth, Elinor’s loyalties are divided between her colleagues and the displaced Afghan children she must protect. What she discovers makes her question everything she believes about love and war.
After heading up an aid expedition during the Romanian revolution, David Massey witnessed first-hand the devastating effects of conflict on young people. Their resilience and ability to be instruments of change inspired David to write Torn. His research for the novel revealed some startling realities for teens serving in the conflict in Afghanistan.
Congratulations to Claire who has entered the competition 3 times, proving that determination and drive can only be a good thing.
Claire stated in her application:
"Seeing the other young poets perform broadened my mind with regards to poetry; for example, I’d never heard of slam poetry. These new ideas gave me a fresh wave of passion, and I want to share this enthusiasm with other young people."
"To promote poetry, I’d hope to raise awareness of how many different forms of it exist. Many young people are used to the more traditional style of poetry taught in school, and whilst some like this style, it does not appeal to all, so it is important that young people are made aware of alternatives."
"I’d also encourage the use of poetry as a form of expression. Many young people use art or music to express themselves, but there must be others like me, who are pretty much tone deaf and couldn’t draw to save their life- for me, poetry was the best way to condense feelings and ideas into something more tangible."
Claire was born in October 1994 and attends Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls.
Here are Claire's audition performances.
with writers Sagheer Afzal, Yasmin Hai and Bali Rai.
(Yasmin Hai photo copyright Charlie Hopkinson)
What's Love Got To Do With It? will be exploring the subject of love, life and relationships for young Asians today.
Information Download - Event information. author biographies and booking info here.
Free event - tickets must be booked via: 0121 236 4455 or www.birminghambookfestival.org
The event will take place from 2pm - 3.15pm, Wednesday 24th October 2012 at the Library Theatre, Birmingham Central Library.
Suitable for young people and children aged 10+ and their families. No tickets are required - just turn up on the day!
Thanks to Peters Bookselling Service.
(Sky, BBC and Cbeebies Presenter) will be facilitating a one day workshop during Black History Month for Media Students.
The day will start with a meet and greet, followed by some warm up games, using African movements, chants and songs. There will be audition tips, script work & DVDs explaining the dos and don'ts of presenting. Participants will experience skills as presenters, directors & writers.
A quote from a black leader will be given to groups to develop into a presentation. Using their talents, rapping, dance, singing and acting to bring the quote to life. After lunch the group work will be filmed then watched back to hone the presenting skills.
Each participant will be asked to do some research before attending the one day workshop and by the end of the day it is hoped that they will feel empowered as an individual while also celebrating the achievements and heritage of Black History. People from all backgrounds, abilities and genders are welcome.
We are offering free places for 25 year 12 media students.
An individual school may nominate a maximum of 5 students.
For bookings and further information please contact
(0121) 303 3368
The shortlisted poets who have entered to become the next Birmingham Young Poet Laureate performed 2 poems each as part of Birmingham's Artfest. It was a great day showcasing the best Young Poetry talent in Birmingham.
The closing date for submission of entries has now passed. All Young Poet Laureate entries are now with the longlist judges.
If you are shortlisted you will hear from us by the beginning of September.
We are offering shortlisted candidates a place on a Presentation and Performance workshop with Steve Ball, Associate Director at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre (The REP) at 10.30am-11.30am on 8th September at the Library Theatre.
Following this at 1.30pm - 2.30pm will be the Young Poet Laureate Auditions, where you will be asked to perform two of your poems ( one must be your 'Stars' poem), this is part of the Birmingham Arts Fest and you are welcome to bring along family and friends.
How will science change the future?
If your school is interested in coming along to this event, please book your places with Jen Bakewell 0121 303 2175 / firstname.lastname@example.orgJodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer
10.30, Wednesday 11th July - SCHOOL & OPEN EVENT
This book is a cerealously entertaining collaboration between children's author, Simon Cheshire, Birmingham Library Staff and 133 young writers from Birmingham local secondary schools. In the words of Simon, 'here is a story that's got the lot: mystery, adventure, war, terror, laughs, romance, tragedy, intrigue and suspense. And milk. And an emo haircut.'
Sea Legs Puppet Theatre present 'Little Bo Peep!'.
At Birmingham Library Theatre, 2.00 to 3.00, Thursday 7th June:
Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep. Can Little Boy Blue help her find them? Perhaps the Nursery Rhyme Man can help her – but he’s busy baking a surprise birthday cake – if a naughty mouse doesn’t steal all his ingredients first. Sing along to your favourite nursery rhymes with Sea Legs Puppet Theatre as they celebrate their tenth anniversary with a fabulous show full of their beautiful puppets, gorgeous scenery and of course lots of lovely music.
Suitable for children aged 3+ and their families.
Ticketed Event - Ticket Information
It was busy, busy, busy over the bank holidays at the Birmingham Book Bash.
Aston Hall was buzzing with activities, authors, poets, illustrators and performers aplenty. Everyone had so much fun and enjoyed watching, Sarah McIntyre, Lynne Chapman, Guy Bass, Curtis Jobling, Kipper, Elmer, Peppa Pig, Nicholas Allan and Chris White to name but a few. We were also entertained by the Mad Hatter and Alice, the Red Queen, Bangra Tots and Nat from CBeebies.
A brilliant time was had by all - videos and picture will follow shortly in the 'Book Bash' area above.
Young Readers Book Bash Events on June 4th & June 5th.
Some VERY FAMOUS AUTHORS have written starts to stories for you to continue!
Email it to us and we will publish it onsite for you! ........ WOW!
The Application Form has just been launched for
'Poetry in a Day' with Spoz.
Are you thinking of applying to be the next Young Poet Laureate for Birmingham?
Would you like some top tips from one of the experts?
Join former Birmingham Poet Laureate Giovanni 'Spoz' Esposito to learn some poetry and performance techniques in a fast-moving slam style session.
There will be the chance to try out your new skills on family and friends at a special show in the afternoon.
Workshop: 10.00 - 1.00 Friday 8th June
Performance for family & friends: 2.00 - 3.00
Don't Delay - Apply Today !!
The entries must be in by Friday 4th May!
So get your creative caps on and get designing.
Great prizes -
£300 (16+ design), £25 book token (16 & below design)
More details for both the 16+ and kid's competition here!!
|Download Toolkit for Schools|
This has information and ideas for class work for before and after the event. There is also information on the Teen Debate so that your school may prepare.
Cressida Cowell will be appearing at Birmingham Library Theatre on Saturday 2nd June 2012.....Tickets £3.00 more info!
The Etherington Brothers will be appearing at Birmingham Library Theatre on Saturday 9th June 2012.....Tickets £3.00 more info!
Tickets are also available for the Sea Legs Puppet Theatre presenting Little Bo Peep! at Birmingham Library Theatre on Thursday 7th June 2012.....Tickets £2.00 more info!