Biennial book festival returns to Linton

The biennial Linton Children's Book Festival

The biennial Linton Children's Book Festival

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A glimpse into life in a World War I trench and among the British Army’s redcoats will be offered in the latest instalment of a biennial book festival.

‘Windows on the Past’ is the theme of the fifth Linton Children’s Book Festival, in partnership with Cambridge bookshop Children’s at Heffers.

The biennial Linton Children's Book Festival

The biennial Linton Children's Book Festival

The community event was awarded the South Cambridgeshire Arts Award for Outstanding Festival in 2010, and in 2012 attracted more than 2,000 people.

The event begins on Sunday (May 4) when you can see the history books spring into life on Camping Close with History’s Alive.

There is a parade down High Street at 10.45am, and from 11am to 4pm you can visit a World War I trench to find out what life on the front line was like.

You can then experience the sights and sounds of the redcoats of Colonel Pulteney’s Regiment from 1745, with the roar of gunfire and the smell of wood smoke.

The biennial Linton Children's Book Festival

The biennial Linton Children's Book Festival

There is also a Victorian classroom and vintage tea tent, provided by Linton Kitchen, while there will be a plethora of hands-on activities and stalls, events, food and music.

Over the course of the following week authors will visit all the Linton schools as part of the festival outreach programme, and there will be storytimes for pre-school children in some of the village’s loveliest gardens.

The main festival will be held at Linton Village College (LVC) next weekend (May 10 and 11).

Saturday (May 10) is packed with authors, illustrators and workshops that you can book in advance, but also includes drop-in activities, food and music.

Saturday (May 10) sessions include Caroline Lawrence, author of the Roman Mysteries, which was made into a CBBC series, Hilary Robinson’s Mixed-up Fairy Tales, Julia Golding and the Young Knights of the Round Table, and headlining is Helen Moss, author of the bestselling Adventure Island series.

Paul Jackson will be telling world folk tales from the past in his colourful garden yurt, while Dave the Minion will be strolling around the festival all weekend.

Sunday’s (May 11) programme includes sessions ranging from Pippa Goodhart (You Choose!) and Maudie Smith (Opal Moonbaby) to Lucy Hawking (co-author with her father Stephen of the George’s Marvellous Universe books) and John McCambridge (dragon-drawing workshops), with the finale of Joseph Delaney bringing to life his Wardstone Chronicles, soon to be in cinemas as ‘The Spook’s Apprentice’.

Booking is now available online – see for the latest information about authors, programmes, bookings and other news.

Funding from Arts Council England, Wadlow Wind Farm Community Fund, the Linton Parish Council, other grant-awarding bodies, corporate sponsors and public and private donations ensure the festival is free to attend.

For all the latest news see tomorrow’s (Thursday, May 1) Echo.

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