Bootle Children’s Literary Festival Returns to Strand Shopping Centre!

Bootle Children’s Literary Festival Returns to Strand Shopping Centre!

We are delighted to share with you that the Bootle Children’s Literary Festival taking place between 1st and 13th of November and welcomes children across the Sefton borough and beyond to participate!

The Time Machine themed event will take authors, artist and performers into over 24 schools across Bootle and offer immersive workshops at Kingsley and Co – a Steam Punk Children’s bookshop and explorers emporium based in the Strand Shopping centre in Bootle.

The project, hosted by Ykids children’s charity and supported by the Arts Council and Granada Foundation, will be the third Bootle Children’s Literary Festival and feature renowned authors such as Frank Cottrell-Boyce, World Record Breaking explorer Alice Morrison, Liverpool’s own Levi Tafari and awarding Hip Hop Artist and steam punk rap artist Professor Elemental amongst a host of other local authors, artists and poets.

In addition to school visits and workshops, the festival will feature two free family fun events in the Bootle Strand shopping Centre on Saturday 6th and 13th November.

On Saturday 6th November, we will travel in our time machine to ‘THE PAST’ where there will be performances from Professor Elemental, an audience with Frank Cottrell-Boyce, Story Workshops, crafts, literacy trails, meet an explorer, and games with pour local Steampunk community. There will also be a display of Time machines and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

On Saturday 13th November, the theme will be ‘THE FUTURE’ featuring the world famous robot TITAN, a Virtual Reality Experience, Robot Dress-up competition, illustration competition, workshops crafts and more.

Ykids will also be launching the ‘Horrid History Map of Bootle’ a interactive map of old Bootle created by local children during lockdown. This beautiful interactive fold-out map features videos, photographs, quizzes and facts all collated and re-enacted by children and staff from Ykids’ Horrid History group during the pandemic.

The map will be freely available for the public to try out, interact with and discover the rich, and in some cases, gross history of Bootle. The project would not have been possible without the generous funding made available by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The #BCLF 2-week program has partnered Liverpool’s best local authors and poets, such as Levi Tefari, Jamie Broad, Jude Lennon, Daniel Riding, Altru Theatre Company, Alan Gibbons and many more, aiming to inspire and engage children in a love of all things story. Thousands of children from Bootle schools will receive a ‘Golden Ticket’ that they can redeem for a brand new book at Kingsley&Co bookshop courtesy of the Siobhan Dowd Trust.

In addition to the public events and schools program, Ykids has partnered with other organisations such as St Leonards, In Another Place, Start Creative CIC and Bootle Library to bring magical and educational experiences to Bootle children.

Find the full program at

Bootle Children’s Literary Festival 2021 is supported by the Arts Council England National Lottery Fund, Siobhan Dowd Trust, The Granada Foundation, The Tudor Trust & Steve Morgan Foundation.

Follow Ykids on social media for updates on the program and how to get involved:

Instagram – @ykidsbootle Twitter – @Ykids_Charity – Facebook – Ykids   #BCLF21

For more information:  – Media and Marketing – Ykids CEO/ Event manager – Ykids Deputy CEO

Tel: 0151 9442111 / 07956532221

Posted on 13 October 2021 under General news

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