Amazing Opportunity for Unpublished Writers!

We’re thrilled that best-selling author Rachel Ward is joining the team behind the Bradford on Avon Mini Book Festival on Saturday 15th July. Rachel writes for teenagers and young adults (and, coming later this year, adults too). And, thanks to her publisher, Chicken House Books, we are offering something very special to would-be writers this year. We’ll let Rachel tell you the rest!

2016-12-04 20.22.18-2Ten years ago I met the then Fiction Editor of Chicken House books, Imogen Cooper, in a little room above the library in Frome. I had sent her three chapters and a synopsis for a book called Numbers and as I drove down the A36, I knew that I was going to a meeting that could change my life. Gentle reader, it did. Imogen liked my chapters and asked to see the full manuscript. She showed it to Barry Cunningham, MD of The Chicken House, and he liked it too …

chicken houseThe editorial surgery was part of the Frome Festival, and I will be forever grateful to the Festival and its organisers for creating that opportunity. Now, as part of the Bradford-on-Avon Mini Book Festival on Saturday 15th July, there’s a chance for this to happen to another lucky writer because Chicken House editor, Kesia Lupo, is very generously offering a limited number of free editorial surgeries for unpublished authors who have written a book for children. Kesia has worked for Chicken House since 2015, was longlisted for this year’s Branford Boase Award (the rather wonderful award for debut writers and their editors) and shortlisted in the Trailblazer Awards for rising stars in the publishing industry.

If you would like to book a 20-minute surgery, you need to contact Bradford-on-Avon Library and be ready to email the first three chapters and a one-page synopsis of your book at least two weeks before the Festival. Tel: 01225 863280 or email:

(NB This is open to submissions from people writing for children aged 7 and over)

Whatever the outcome, this is a golden opportunity to get feedback on your work from one of the best in the children’s book biz. If you are lucky enough to book a slot, good luck!

Many thanks to Rachel who is also running a crime-writing workshop at this year’s Festival. Find out more about that on our events page, and find out all about Rachel and her brilliant books for young people and adults here

Meanwhile we hope to see you and your children at our FREE, all day festival on 15th July!

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We’re off!

Events for this summer’s Bradford on Avon Mini Book Festival (for kids) on Saturday 15th July have all now been confirmed. We’ve a great line-up of brilliant authors for you this year, including two fabulous guests, Gill Lewis and David Solomons. There’s a whole host of workshops and activities for children – there’s even a couple for adults. What’s more everything is free!

Come and go in the library all day as you please, sign up for The Summer Reading Challenge, join in with a craft, buy a book or chat up an author or two! But remember you do need to book your place at the individual events. Check out the details here.

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Getting it all together.

Sometimes we have meetings.

Sometimes they look like this:


And sometimes they look like this:



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BOAMBF is getting ready to go again! We’re working on a brilliant schedule of FREE events and fun for you this summer at Bradford on Avon Library. And the big day is SATURDAY 15th JULY. So Save the Date! 
We can’t wait to tell you who’s coming and what’s going to go on – we’ve got some very special guests and children’s authors for you this year. There’ll be making and doing all day long of course, and we’ll have a big old buzz about books, with lots of people signing up for this year’s fabulous Summer Reading Challenge.
There’ll be more news and a confirmed programme very soon but we couldn’t resist giving you a little tiny clue about one of the special guests….
Anyone know who this is? The Summer Reading Challenge theme this year is Animal Agents. Looks like she’ll be right at home with that, whoever she may be….!!
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Digging the blutack out of the library carpet….

So the children are gone, and most of the glue came off the walls, and nearly all the pipecleaners were still furry, and those little foam sweety things don’t do too much damage to library vacuum cleaners and the delicious chocolate brownies mostly wiped off the carpet, and the children are gone.

But while they were there how it buzzed and hummed and how much fun was it?  With turnip cakes, and coloured tights and crazy characters and gym and stories and all that making.  So here are a few pics.  If you were there, you might spot yourself – and if you weren’t – well you might get to come next year.

Make sure you do…


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And this is how it looked at the very end.

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Booking tickets!

Tickets for events are going FAST.  To reserve your place ring 01225 863280 or email

Just to remind you there are still tickets for:

Friday evening 15th July
7.15 pm – 8.30 Books and Bites  for teens and adults interested in writing and books. 
Saturday: 16th July
10.00am Story and craft. Get tangled in All the King’s Tights with Maudie Smith. (4+)
11.00amDaisy’s Big Dig Illustration workshop with Angie Morgan (3+)
11.00am Get your knightly gear on! with Martin Brown and John Mclay (6+
11.30am Gymtastic activities with Cate Shearwater.
12.30pm Create Crazy Characters and Wonderful Worlds with Anna Wilson. (All ages)
2.00pm Help Fleur Hitchcock write letters to and from lost parents and lost children, (8+)
2.00pm Meet Sedric and Denzel and travel back in time with Angie Morgan  (6+)
All day: Writing Surgery in the library with Alex Campbell – Bring your stories along (7 – grown up)
And building a chocolate factory in the foyer – no need to book for that.
events are ticketed.  Please reserve your FREE tickets for any of the events by calling the Library on 01225 863280 or email:
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An invitation to our Festival Launch

Friday 15th July
7.15 pm – 8.30 Books and Bites
Interested in books for children and young people? Fancy writing or illustrating them yourself? Come and meet the BOAMBF team for an informal evening of bookish delights, as well as a free glass of wine  – and some exceedingly tasty bites, kindly provided by our friends at Hartley Farm. Books will also be on sale, thanks to Bradford on Avon’s bookshop, Ex Libris.
An informal and friendly evening to start our mini book festival and a great opportunity to meet the whole team of BOAMBF writers, all of whom are currently writing for young people. Whether you’re interested in writing and illustrating picture books, books for new readers, books for confident readers, junior fiction, ‘middle  grade’, teenage or young adult – our authors cover the whole gamut. So come along, bring a question or two, and chat to six published authors. They’re really quite friendly!
Here they all are: Catherine Bruton, Alex Campbell, Anna Wilson, Maudie Smith, Angie Morgan and Fleur Hitchcock. But do you know who is who?
NB The event is free but please remember to book your place by telephoning the library on 01225 863280
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