The Biggest Book Show on Earth

Friday 7 March | 10.30am Theatre Royal, Newcastle

Roll up! Roll up! The Biggest Book Show on Earth is making its debut in the region and bringing with it seven incredible illustrators and amazing authors including Alex T Smith, Cathy Cassidy and Charlie Fletcher for a live event for schools.

The Biggest Book Show on Earth live event is making its debut in the region, providing an exclusive opportunity for schools to see not one, but seven best-selling authors and illustrators, including Alex T Smith, Cathy Cassidy and Charlie Fletcher. Touring the country for the very first time, this outstanding event will be full of interesting facts and inspirational tips directly from the authors and illustrators themselves as well as giving answers to key questions that are on the lips of all budding writers. How do you decide what a character looks like? What comes first – illustrations or writing? Schools are invited to come and find out for themselves.

The Biggest Book Show on Earth is the perfect way to connect hundreds of young readers and budding creators of children’s books with the authors they love. In conjunction with the national annual initiative- World Book Day, the show reaffirms both Seven Stories’ and World Book Day’s core aims to celebrate all things reading and enthuse children with a renewed passion for books. There will be opportunity to buy books after the show and have them signed.

A mix of rising stars like Steven Butler and Laura Dockrill and award-winning authors and illustrators including Cathy Cassidy and Caryl Hart will grace the stage at the Theatre Royal to share hints and tips on how they create their fantastic stories and artwork. One such name is this year’s World Book Day illustrator Alex T Smith who is both the accomplished writer of the popular Claude series and Kate Greenaway nominated illustrator of picturebooks such as Eliot Jones, Midnight Superhero and Egg. Alex says “I’m thrilled to be part of The Biggest Book Show on Earth, especially on its Newcastle stop with Seven Stories – Newcastle’s love of a great story is legendary! As the World Book Day illustrator, my aim is to demonstrate to the audience that everyone can draw, and have fantastic fun doing it.”

Charlie Fletcher, author of the fantasy fiction Stoneheart triology will be taking part in the event and sharing his experience as an author as well as screenwriter for film and television. Charlie says “I spend my life passing through Newcastle on the train South – so I’m triply excited to be given the excuse to get off the train: 1. World Book Day, 2 It’s my hero David Almond’s hometown, 3. My grandfather came from Newcastle. So, World Book Day, writing heroes and a wee spot of ancestor worship all neatly rolled into one.”

Laura Dockrill’s booklist include Mistakes in the Background and Ugly Shy Girl. Her latest character, Darcy Burdock, is curious, smart-as-a-whip, fiercely loyal and set to be a huge success amongst young readers. Laura says “I can't wait to meet the young imaginations of Newcastle and introduce them to Darcy Burdock, so excited I am packing a bag already!”

Author of award-winning fantasy fiction, Jonathan Stroud, experimented with different kinds of writing throughout his school years; trying his hand at comics, poetry and plays. The first book in his brand new spooky, suspense filled series Lockwood & Co: The Screaming Staircase has made the longlist for this year’s highly prestigious Carnegie Medal. Jonathan says “I'm really looking forward to being part of Seven Stories’ event next month. World Book Day week is the biggest week of the year for getting kids to read; to help them to discover the joy of getting lost in a story, the delight of making new friends in the characters they meet. I can't wait to bring the world of books to life on stage in this enormously exciting event.”

Cathy Cassidy, who writes popular fiction series including The Chocolate Box Girls, says “I'm thrilled to be a part of The Biggest Book Show on Earth Tour to help celebrate World Book Day - even more excited that the tour will bring me back to Newcastle! I've worked with Seven Stories in the past and I LOVE it - an amazing, imaginative space that really taps into the magic that books can create! I’m so looking forward to being a part of it all and to meeting old and new readers on the day!

Schools can book their tickets with Seven Stories to see Cathy Cassidy, Jonathan Stroud, Laura Dockrill, Charlie Fletcher, Alex T Smith, Caryl Hart and Steven Butler in The Biggest Book Show on Earth by emailing  Tickets cost £3 per person attending.


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