We are thrilled to have award-winning children’s author, Tracey Corderoy, headlining our first ever festival!
Tracey will be supported by a whole host of talented adults’ and children’s writers. Each writer will give a presentation or run a workshop, so you’ll have the chance to meet them in person.
Most authors will also take part in the book signing session at the end of the day.
Tracey was born and grew up in industrial South Wales. She is a trained teacher and a mum of two daughters. She now lives in a hidden valley in Gloucestershire with her husband and family where she writes in a little cottage on a hill.
Tracey has always had a passion for wonderful literature and began writing for children in 2006. Her books include Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam, Hubble Bubble Granny Trouble, The Little White Owl, and the Baddies, Beasties and a Sprinkling of Crumbs! series for older readers.
Tracey is an award-winning writer and has published over 55 books, from picture books to young and older fiction. Her head is happily crammed with countless ideas and she’s loving the adventures that her characters insist they share…
‘Shifty McGifty’ Reading & Interactive Illustration Session: Main Hall @ 12:00 and 1:30pm
Children’s Writers & Workshops
Kellie HamillKellie is married and lives in Blackburn with her 6 children, 2 dogs and 2 tortoises. She loves reading and writing and has written poems since she can remember. The Bumblebee Book was written in memory of her daughter – she hopes you enjoy it as much as she loved writing it.
Book presentation: Reception @1:30pm
Nicola is an author and mother from Stockport. Portia the Pear is her first published book, inspired by an incident of bullying involving her daughter. This positive and ethereal story uses an unlikely lead character to teach children about the things that really matter in life.
Book reading & storywriting (4-6y):
A proofreader-cum-author based in Congleton, Nick wrote his first children’s book in 2017. His picture book, Sarah’s Shadow, is a sweet story about how getting what you want may not always be all it’s cracked up to be! It has been well received by children and parents alike.
Book presentation: Y1 @10:30am
Lucy KeelingLucy is a mother of two boys from Stockport. She always wanted to write children’s stories and started writing Robots Don’t Say Please whilst on maternity leave with her first son. Lucy’s debut children’s book captures the heart of classic rhyming children’s stories and combines it with a wacky sense of humour and a dash of cheesy fun.
Book presentation: Reception @10:30am
Carole worked in teacher training as an English PGCE tutor at Manchester Metropolitan University until 2016. She now works as a freelance gallery educator, exploring approaches to creative writing through art works. Carole is offering two workshops (one for Junior school children and one for adults) using paintings to stimulate creative writing.
Stories in Art (Juniors): Y2 @10:30am
Inside the Frame (16+): Y6 @1:30pm
Josey TaylorJosey is Head of English at a prestigious private school and a mother of two young girls. She has taught Creative Writing and Literature at senior school level for over ten years, and is passionate about nurturing creativity and imagination! Josey will be running a sensory exploration and poetry workshop for Year 3 upwards.
Message in a Bottle (7+): Y2 @12 noon
Amanda has spent the last 20 years working with children, as both a stay-at-home mum and teacher. She has always had an overwhelming passion for writing. Please Can You Put Your Shoes On? was inspired by her life with her own children (especially her mischievous youngest).
Book presentation: Reception @12 noon
Born and raised in Stockport, Jo has always loved reading, puzzles and music. In her books The Darwin Code and The Einstein Code, she uses her love of science and puzzles to help her characters try to solve two mysteries whilst also providing an interesting insight into human genetics and science.
Code Cracking (7+): Hall @10:30am
Adults’ Writers & Workshops
James ChristieJames’ autobiographical book Dear Miss Landau was described by Tim Coates on BBC Radio 4’s A Good Read as “the best book I’ve read in ten years”. It tells the true story of James’ epic overland trek across America to meet Juliet Landau, star of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, in Hollywood. It also describes his difficulties living as autistic adult in a neuro-typical world. Differently Wired, an ebook anthology of James Christie’s articles, is due to be published in 2018.
Book presentation: Y6 @10:30am
Matthew CorriganBorn in Manchester, Matthew used to have a nice little business until everything went wrong all at once. Underqualified for a proper job and overqualified for an, erm, improper one, he picked up a pencil and uncovered a hitherto latent talent as a writer. His first novel, OSPREY, told the tale of a dubious politician and an even more dubious scam involving flying wind turbines. He has just finished writing his second. Comically impecunious, his dream of a farmhouse in the southwest of Brittany remains elusive.
Book presentation: Y2 @1:30pm
Ruth EstevezRuth’s career is based on saying ‘YES’ to everything! She has toured shows to schools, painted chairs and made flower bouquets for Opera North, been Stage Manager on ITV’s Emmerdale and written scripts for Bob the Builder. Ruth’s first novel for young adults, Jiddy Vardy, explores the theme of belonging in a world of smugglers and pirates. Ruth’s previous novel, Meeting Coty, follows a young Spanish girl discovering the world of perfume. It is loosely based on family history.
Book presentation: Y4 @12 noon
Charlotte GringrasAuthor and teacher, Charlotte Gringras, is a successful writer and Mancunian-born-and-bred. Her two novels take you from suffragettes to spaghetti! The Purple Rose follows three generations of women as they uncover the life story of a suffragette through a fraying heirloom. Not in our Hands takes you to an Italian idyll where a group of UK students learn Italian – and a lot more besides.
Book presentation: Y3 @1:30pm
Playing with Words (6-8y): Y1@12 noon
Margaret HolbrookMargaret grew up in Cheshire where she still lives and writes poetry, fiction and plays. Her published works to date include several story collections, poetry compilations and a novella. She has also published a novel, About Us, and Hurricane Jess, a picture book for children. Margaret will be offering book readings and an adult writing workshop.
Book presentation: Y3 @10:30am
Writing workshop (Adult): Y5 @12 noon
Chris is a research scientist and lecturer at Manchester University, specialising in epigenetics and neuroscience. He has had numerous works featured in scientific journals and at conferences. His first book, The Power of the Gene, was published in 2010 and aims to explain the concepts of human medical genetics to the general public, using famous examples and historical aspects.
Book presentation: Y4 @1:30pm
Phil is an ex-Secondary School Head of English and PGCE Tutor at Manchester Metropolitan University. He has co-written six local history books for Amberley Publications since 2012. He has recently published his first novel, Fortune, Fate and Freddie Mercury and is currently working on a Gothic tale set in Manchester around 1905. Phil will be running two complementary workshops for aspiring adult writers, focused on getting your first book published.
Putting Pen to Paper (Adult): Y5 @10:30am
Getting into Print (Adult): Y5 @1:30pm
Sahera PatelSahera is a teacher, author and public speaker. Her first book, I’m not a Celebrity, I am a Muslim, attempts to dispel the many misconceptions of her faith. The second book, Unveiling Arabia, is a humorous account of living and working in Saudi Arabia, with just a sprinkling of politics. Both books aim to entertain and educate through universally relatable, real-life experiences.
Book presentation: Y6 @12 noon
Michael believes humour keeps us all going, and this was the basis for his first book, Memoirs from the S.B.C. However, Michael has also written about a very different experience. Thirteen years ago his wife was attacked and murdered, leaving him as a single father of two young boys. His recent book, Just Five More Minutes, describes the day it all happened, the aftermath and the murder trial, focusing on a very positive message and tools to help people in similar situations to come out on the other side. He is currently working on a science fiction trilogy called The Wand Chronicles.
Book presentation: Y3 @12 noon