This is a very welcome return to NCBF for Cathy Cassidy. Cathy will talk about creative thinking, how she works, and the inspirations for her latest book, The Broken Heart Club, which covers friendship and coping with difficult events. She will give ideas … Read More

Barry will talk about the Benjamin Blank series, where his ideas came from, and his books The Shark-Headed Bear-Thing, The Swivel-Eyed Ogre-Thing and The Moon-Faced Ghoul-Thing The whole audience will join in to create mash-up monsters, and then you all vote on your … Read More

Award winning illustrator Holly Sterling will run a workshop based on her new book Hiccups! Hear the story behind the creation of best friends Ruby and Oscar in Holly’s book ‘Hiccups!’ In this family-friendly, story telling and craft event you will … Read More

Niel is from Hartlepool and his award winning first novel, Sorrowline, was published in 2011 and the sequel, Timesmith, in 2014. Both books are time travel fantasy adventures set in the present day and 1940s London. Niel is going to … Read More

Paul Cookson’s session will be full of poems, puns, audience participation, ukuleles – fun for everyone, and adults have to join in too! There’ll be lots of references to football, rhymes, singing and laughter! Suitable for ages 6+. This session … Read More

The 2 Steves, Steve Barlow and Steve Skidmore have been coming to NCBF for years and we’re delighted that they are our Patrons. It’s a bit difficult to describe their sessions  – they will talk about how to be a writer, … Read More

Vivian is a Patron of Northern Children’s Book Festival and she has been delighting our audiences and readers around the world for over 20 years. Alan Windram is a Scottish author of the Mac & Bob books and has his own … Read More

Jonny’s books include The Pirate Cruncher, Pirates Next Door, Gigantosaurus, and the Jolley-Rogers books. In his fun pirate themed session, Jonny will talk about his time working on a pirate ship, demonstrate how he draws his pirates and read from his books. You’ll have time to … Read More

Faye Hanson will be showing you how she creates her wonderful illustrations in her workshop in mima. You will start with looking at one of Faye’s beautiful books and then you will all take part in a draw-a-long with Faye. … Read More

Guy is the award winning author of several book series including Stitch Head, The Legend of Frog and Monster Madness/Monster Mayhem. Guy’s lively performances are always popular favourites so join him for an inspiring and entertaining session, and find out … Read More