Storytale Festival

Various Locations, Bristol

Tel: +44(0)7795 033242

Storytale Festival


Storytale is an exciting new book festival founded by Bristol residents, Ellie Freeman and author Kate Frost. Taking place in various venues around the city, it is a week-long festival celebrating the wonderful world of children's books. Accessible and affordable, there'll be something for everyone from interactive and sensory storytelling for tots to inspiring talks and workshops for teens.

Chapter 1 of the Storytale Festival begins on Friday 25th October 2019, with prequel events leading up to it. Go on adventures with our storytellers as they bring words and pictures to life, and journey through the pages with Bristol's talented children's book authors and illustrators as they give you exclusive access to the tales behind their books.

Colourful Minds will be running creative workshops for 2-4 year olds on the lead up to the festival, when Storytale's flagship event, Wild Writing with Anna Wilson, Chris Vick and Mimi Thebo will open the main festival on Saturday 26th October with a wildly fun event featuring huge cardboard animals! More wild and wonderful creatures can be discovered during BBC producer Justin Anderson's Secrets of Snow Leopards session at Stanfords, while children will love being immersed in stories and creating their own characters with illustrators Paula Bowles and Nicola Colton during their events, Superkitty at the Elephant House, and Smart Kitties and Mucky Pups at Storysmith on North Street. There'll be plenty of fun and interactive storytelling too with Brave Bold Drama, and Jenny the Story Lady. On Halloween there'll be spooky events galore with YA authors Tracy Darnton and Gabriel Dylan doing battle in Thriller vs. Horror at Foyles in Cabot Circus, while Colourful Minds will be hosting A Day of Witchcraft and Wizardry at Creative Workspace.

Festival highlights will include a Writing for Children panel at The Watershed, co-hosted by the Bristol Festival of Literature, where children and adults can take part in an interactive talk about creating children's books with author Sarah Baker and screenwriter Bob Baker. On Monday 28th October come along to The Picture Book Process with illustrator Sean Julian hosted by PIP at the Tobacco Factory. Children can get creative and write their own stories in three very different workshops based on climate change, time travel and fantastic ideas and where to find them, led by Bristol authors Damaris Young, Kate Frost and Emma Read. Arnos Vale will be the wonderfully atmospheric woodland setting for storytelling for youngsters in the events, Winter Sleep and "Uh-Oh" Said Flo. Gloucester Road will be the setting for Book Island's Picture Book Trail, and we even have a Travelling Sketchbook making its way around Bristol's talented artists and illustrators.

With dozens of events for all ages taking place in various venues throughout Bristol, there'll be something for everyone. All you need to do is bring your imagination.

Let's begin…

25/10/2019 -  03/11/2019

Events are either free or under £5.

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