I Like Big Books And I Cannot Lie: London Children's Book Fair

Written by: Victoria Highfield

Christmas season is in full swing and if – like most of us – you’re feeling the strain of your boozy social calendar, then this weekend we have something special for you; eat, sleep read repeat.

The London Children’s Book Fair returns to our favourite art space to celebrate the best in contemporary literature and illustration.

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This family friendly event is a great opportunity to meet award-winning authors, get books signed and take part in creative workshops that will be sure to delight any literary lover. Even if you don’t have kids, it’s a perfect place to shop for last minute and beautifully presented Christmas gifts.

Fellow bookworms will be in awe of inspiring children’s books, postcards, bookmarks, tote bags, balloons and limited edition art works *squeal*  And if something special catches your eye then chances are you’ll get to meet its’ creator and get to have a chat about all things bookish. 

Highlights include bookmaking with Hato Press, origami and collaging with illustrator Marion Deuchars, a collaborative doodle wall created by Jon Burgerman and live drawing in the gallery with Alice Bowsher.

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If that’s not enough for you then there’s a quirky photo booth to take book inspired selfies (someone hand me my Gryffindor scarf) and what is sure to be a personal favourite is a workshop by Jim Medway who will be using his book ‘Big Dogs, Little Dogs’  to inspire and create your own dog drawings – woof! Bring a photo of your own dog and Jim will be happy to create a beautiful drawing of your furry friend. 

The London Children’s Book Fair kicks off this Friday with school presentations and readings by Peirs Torday and Keilly Swift. I don’t know about you but my weekend is looking fully booked 😉

Entry is free; however some selected workshops suggest a donation of 5 pounds.

London Children’s Book Fair is at Parasol Unit on Friday 16th December 2-8pm and Saturday 17th December 10am-5pm.

http://parasol-unit.org/the-london-childrens-book-fair-at-parasol-unit

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