The festival, a celebration of creative writing and illustration, offers young readers, writers and illustrators the opportunity to immerse themselves in talks and workshops that will inspire a love of reading, writing and illustration.

Throughout the festival, AUB staff and students will be running a range of illustration and writing workshops in Talbot Heath’s beautiful woodland campus, arranged by Alice Stevens, Senior Lecturer BA (Hons) Graphic Design and Lisa Richardson, Course Leader MA Illustration. The festival takes place on the 1st and 2nd July and is aimed at children and young adults between the ages of 4 and 18.

Award winning authors will be attending, from differing backgrounds and writing styles, all sharing a desire to inform, enchant and inspire the next generation of talent. The authors will be providing key note talks and have signed copies of their books available for sale in the Schools’ library.

Dr James Cole, Lecturer BA (Hons) Creative Writing has designed a workshop for younger children, named Captain SpellBound, for children to create the narrative and artwork for a mini graphic novel. James will also be writing poetry which will be displayed on a poetry tree. There will be dedicated areas for children to read books and get involved at the workshop stations run by Arts University Bournemouth staff and students.

Daniel Cox, AUB Knowledge Exchange Manager, is curating an exhibition of the original artwork from the Snowman and Snowdog as part of TheGallery’s off-site programme. The exhibition will showcase the art from The Snowman and The Snowdog and uncover unique material from the archives to tell the story of animation through this beloved children’s classic. Featuring original pre-production work this exhibition provides a behind the scenes insight into the creation of the films. The exhibition will tell the story of the film, but also demonstrate how animation is created, with activities for the children to get involved with like creating their own characters. See more about the exhibition here.

The festival branding was created by BA (Hons) Graphic Design students, and artwork by AUB students from Graphic Design and BA (Hons) Visual Communication courses will be displayed at the festival.

”It was a fantastic opportunity to experience working on a live brief to brand the festival, we look forward to seeing the work we have done come to fruition. We would like to thank Alice and Talbot Heath school for this amazing opportunity” Azman Adam, level 5 BA (Hons) Graphic Design student.

“I was excited to be a part of this project as an illustrator. Was a pleasure drawing all these characters”, Maria Nechaeva, level 5 BA (Hons) Visual Communication student.

The full programme of author and illustrator talks have been tailored to suit all age groups and AUB and Talbot Heath are thrilled to be welcoming so many acclaimed authors and illustrators, full details of which can be found here.