Linton Children’s Book Festival filled with Magic, Myth and Mystery

LCBF honorary patron, author Helen Moss (Adventure Island Mystery series, Mysteries of the Tombs series) with festival mascot Brian the Bookfest Lion. Photo by Ruth Keys. ANL-160524-132146001
LCBF honorary patron, author Helen Moss (Adventure Island Mystery series, Mysteries of the Tombs series) with festival mascot Brian the Bookfest Lion. Photo by Ruth Keys. ANL-160524-132146001

Another Linton Children’s Book Festival drew to a close last weekend after nine days filled with Magic, Myth and Mystery.

The free family event, held every two years, began on May 14 with a spooky tour of Linton, led by Matthew Ward of HistoryNeedsYou, in which the village’s past was revealed.

Helen Moss, author of the Adventure Island Mysteries and Secrets of the Tombs series - and the festival patron - visited Linton Heights Junior School, where she was joined by the festival mascot, Brian the lion as she rvealed the secrets of writing suspense-filled stories.

Another writer, Trish Cooke, visited Linton Infant School, where she read her books aloud and engaged pupils in the use of words, sounds and actions and spoke about what inspires her.

A plethora of writers took part in the event, which carried the theme of Magic, Myth and Mystery.

Prize-winning authors such as James Mayhew, SF Said, Robin Stevens, Candy Gourlay delighted audiences with amusing and informative presentations at Linton Village College, where the festival took place.

Children could join in workshops on how to draw dragons, write gripping stories and design book covers and there was a Wizard’s Quest around the village.

Storyteller Paul Jackson enchanted young and old alike with his magical tales told inside a yurt, and Chitra Soundar entertained with stories from India.

Highlights of the festival’s second weekend included a presentation by wildlife photographer Michael Leach, who taught his audience how to communicate with gorillas.

AF Harrold shared his hilarious poems, and author and stand-up comedian James Campbell had the whole room laughing at the close.

With drop-in activities including making papyrus scrolls (provided by Cambridge University Library) and manga drawing, and hands-on exhibits from Cambridge Science Centre, there was plenty to keep kids busy and engaged between presentations.

Heffers of Cambridge provided a festival bookshop where authors signed copies of their books.

Festival organizer Anna McMahon says of the community-run event, “At Linton Children’s Book Festival we aim show how much fun books and reading can be. We love it when parents tell us their children come home from the festival eager to read more books and create their own stories, poems and pictures. We are grateful to our sponsors, including the Arts Council, Linton Parish Council and Wadlow Wind Farm Community Fund who have enabled us to keep the event free and open to all.”

The next Linton Children’s Book Festival will take place in 2018.

Additional sponsors of the festival are: The Anderson Trust, ARM, Ethos Communications, Cambridge University Press, Kumon, Cheffins, Hildersham PC, Balsham PC, Shudy Camps PC. Linton Village College donates the venue, It partnered with Children’s at Heffers.

Linton Children’s Book Festival is run by volunteers from the community of Linton and it is a registered charity.