Join us in South Shields at The Word, National Centre for the Written Word on Saturday 18 November for a fantastic free day of inspiration, challenges, fun, and wonder!  You can book your tickets here!

This year’s authors and illustrators include Ian Whybrow, Nick Sharratt, Piers Torday, Korky Paul, The 2 Steves, Vivian French, Paul Cookson, Jonny Duddle, Steve Webb & Chris Mould, Kate Fox, Dan Smith, and Liz Million & Adam Bushnell.

There will creative writing workshops, artist workshops where you can make a memento of the day to take home, performance lead story telling or you can join in with drop in craft sessions with the local library services and explore the wonderful building.

Blackwell’s will be running a pop-up book shop, and all the authors and illustrators will be available to sign copies of their books after their sessions.

We’ll be announcing the full programme at the end of September here on the website and on our Facebook page.

Tickets are free for author and illustrator sessions but must be booked in advance. There will be a nominal charge for some artist workshops. Tickets will be available for booking at the end of October. 

NCBF Gala Day A4 programme (PRINT)

NCBF Gala Day Leaflet

Storyworld interactive storytelling – click here to book 

Argh ya maties! Join us for NCBF for some seafaring adventures as characters come alive as they are projected onto the walls in this immersive storytelling session like no other!

Children will listen to pirate stories including one about a picky parrot, sing songs about life on board a ship and speak to a pirate called Captain Two-Toes Sparrow as he video calls to tell them a story about a class in trouble in this fun and exciting session. It’s a journey you won’t want to miss!

Everyone is encouraged to come suited and booted in their best pirate costume!

  • Sat 18 Nov, 11:45am-12.30pm
  • Sat 18 Nov, 1.30-2.15pm
  • Sat 18 Nov, 3.30-4.15pm

Prices: £3.50 child/ £2.50 adult / £10.50 family of 4/ under 12 months £1 to be paid at the shop on the day/ £25 group ticket (10x tickets)

Suitable for under 7s and their families

**Would you benefit from having a signer in your session?**

We have always had a signer at Gala Day for hearing impaired members of the audience. In previous years, we’ve chosen the sessions in which the signer took part. This year we want to find out from you if you would benefit from having a signer in the sessions you’re attending. We can’t guarantee we can provide a signer at every session for which one is requested, but if you let us know which author you’re coming to see, we’ll let us know if it’s possible. For further details, please email or contact us through our Facebook page, Northern Children’s Book Festival.