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Julia Donaldson

The Detective Dog

Event HD1Saturday 28 May 2016, 10am Venue: Tata Tent

Julia Donaldson

Julia Donaldson gives a first peek at Detective Dog Nell, her latest character, in a sensational all-singing, all-dancing performance. Join Julia and her friends as they introduce a dog who not only has super powers of smell but can also help children learn to read.

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Gareth P Jones

Adventures of the Steampunk Pirates

Event HD2Saturday 28 May 2016, 10am Venue: Cube

Gareth P Jones

All aboard The Leaky Battery! In Rise of the Slippery Sea Monster the ever-popular Steampunk Pirates are attacked by a sea monster hungry for gold. Will the pirates by able to defend themselves? The author reveals the amazing powers of these remarkable seafaring heroes with the help of his ukulele and accordion and the singing of some rousing sea shanties. Pirate dress optional.

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Juno Dawson, Eve Ainsworth, Martyn Bedford and Patrice Lawrence

Event HD3Saturday 28 May 2016, 11.30am Venue: Starlight Stage

Juno Dawson, Eve Ainsworth, Martyn Bedford and Patrice Lawrence

Meet the authors of four of the most talked about YA books: Mind Your Head, CrushTwenty Questions for Gloria and Orange Boy and hear how their books explore the complex and high-octane dramas of adolescence – including aspects of love, hate and psychological pressure.

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Dr Emily Grossman

Surprising Science

Event HD4Saturday 28 May 2016, 11.30am Venue: Good Energy Stage

Dr Emily Grossman

Did you know that we share half of our DNA with a banana? Or that rattlesnakes can kill you even when they are dead? Or that we make better decisions when we need a wee? Test yourself on some of the weird and wonderful science facts explained by the scientist and TV expert best known for the TV series Duck Quacks Don’t Echo.

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Cressida Cowell

How To Fight a Dragon’s Fury

Event HD5Saturday 28 May 2016, 1pm Venue: Telegraph Stage

Cressida Cowell

Come, dragon tamers everywhere! Practise your Dragonese with author and illustrator Cressida Cowell, creator of the awesome How to Train your Dragon books. Learn the secrets of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third – sword-fighter, dragon whisperer and greatest Viking Hero who ever lived. The author celebrates the grand finale of this best-selling series.

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Patrick Ness talks to Daniel Hahn

A Monster Calls

Event HD6Saturday 28 May 2016, 1pm Venue: Starlight Stage

Patrick Ness talks to Daniel Hahn

Described by John Green as “an insanely beautiful writer”, the award-winning author of the Chaos Walking trilogy has just completed the screenplay for a major motion picture of A Monster Calls. Join him and enjoy a first preview of scenes from the film.

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Elmer the Patchwork Elephant

Elmer Day

Event HD7Saturday 28 May 2016, 2.30pm Venue: Oxfam Moot

Elmer the Patchwork Elephant

Celebrate everyone’s favourite patchwork elephant, on the very first Elmer Day. Listen to the wonderful stories about Elmer, and share in the funny adventures he and his friends get up to. Come dressed in your brightest clothes.

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Horatio Clare

Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot

Event HD8Saturday 28 May 2016, 2.30pm Venue: Starlight Stage

Horatio Clare

Horatio Clare weaves a spell-binding story of a rambunctious boy, some remarkable animals, a lot of jokes and a darkly evil magic that Aubrey must bravely defeat if he is to save his father. Peter Florence says, “This is destined to become a children’s classic”.

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Chris Packham and Jason Cockcroft

Amazing Animal Journeys

Event HD9Saturday 28 May 2016, 4pm Venue: Oxfam Moot

Chris Packham and Jason Cockcroft

The TV presenter and wildlife champion shares his passion for the natural world and his deep understanding of the animals that live in it. In his latest book he looks at the incredible journeys animals make as they migrate across the globe. He is joined by illustrator Jason Crockcroft.

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Tracey Corderoy and Steven Lenton

Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam – The Diamond Chase

Event HD10Saturday 28 May 2016, 4pm Venue: Cube

Tracey Corderoy and Steven Lenton

Shifty McGifty and his accomplice Slippery Sam, a pair of notorious robber dogs, have recently swapped their life of crime for a career in cupcakes. Join their creators as they entertain with the comic rhymes and illustrations from their most recent hit.

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Holly Smale

Geek Girl

Event HD11Saturday 28 May 2016, 5.30pm Venue: Oxfam Moot

Holly Smale

The award-winning author as she discusses her best-selling Geek Girl titles, the ups and downs of her previous career as a model and why she loves writing for YA readers. In conversation with Emily Drabble.

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G R Gemin

Sweet Pizza

Event HD12Sunday 29 May 2016, 10am Venue: Starlight Stage

The writer’s new novel has immigration at its heart. It is the story of Joe’s struggle to save the family-run café in Bryn Mawr that was started before the war by his Italian great-great grandfather. He vows to keep it open, and find out more about his past at the same time, as well as trying to bring a diverse town together through good food and fine times.

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Benji Davies

Grandad’s Island

Event HD13Sunday 29 May 2016, 10am Venue: Cube

Benji Davies

Illustrator and animator Benji Davies describes and demonstrates how he creates his stunningly beautiful picture books. In particular he explores his latest book which touchingly explores how a young child deals with the death of a favourite grandparent.

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The Delightful World of Jeremy Strong

Event HD14Sunday 29 May 2016, 11.30am Venue: Good Energy Stage

The Delightful World of Jeremy Strong

The best-selling author has jokes a-plenty as he talks about Vikings, Romans, My Brother’s Famous Bottom, a karate princess and Streaker, the world-famous, hundred-mile-an-hour dog.

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Salvatore Rubbino

Draw me a City

Event HD15Sunday 29 May 2016, 11.30am Venue: Cube

Salvatore Rubbino

Watch and join the illustrator on an adventure through some of the world’s iconic cities – London, Paris and New York. Learn how to draw wonderful cityscapes and characters and create your own pictures.

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The Clangers – The Brilliant Surprises

Event HD16Sunday 29 May 2016, 1pm Venue: Cube

A magical making and listening event with a professional storyteller. Hear all the best stories about the loveable Clangers in an event that includes the official Clangers whistle. Following the story there will be the chance to design new Clanger finger puppets and to hear and act out a special new story.

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Steven Butler

Odd Bods

Event HD18Sunday 29 May 2016, 2.30pm Venue: Cube

Steven Butler

The author and actor’s  hilarious picture-book takes a kindly look at all sorts of interesting and entertaining bods, and shows that being different can be fun. Come and find out more about the Odd Bods and join Steven as he acts out their very special characteristics.

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Professor Robert Winston

Utterly Amazing Science

Event HD19Sunday 29 May 2016, 4pm Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage

Professor Robert Winston
From rocket launches to erupting volcanoes, magnets and electricity, and forces in motion, Winston explains what makes the world go round. Utterly Amazing Science won The Royal Society Young People's Book Prize 2015 and captures the imagination of children and adults alike with mind-blowing information.
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Pamela Butchart and Laura James

Doggy Delights with Pugly and Pug

Event HD20Sunday 29 May 2016, 4pm Venue: Cube

Pamela Butchart and Laura James
Pugly, star of Pugly Bakes a Cake, is a dog with aspirations and dreams. Pug, inspired by Laura James’ own dog Brian and star of Captain Pug, is a quiet stay-at-home dog, frightened of water  – until he hides in a picnic hamper and finds himself on a sea-faring adventure!
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Francesca Simon and Steven Butler

Battle of the Baddies

Event HD21Sunday 29 May 2016, 5.30pm Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage

Francesca Simon and Steven Butler

Horrid Henry and Dennis the Menace go head-to-head in a battle to find out who is the more terrible of the two. Join the creators of two of the best-loved bad guys as they send their characters into the fight, then vote for the winner in this deadly contest.

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