What's On

Stay up to date with what’s happening in the world of Walker books. Here you can catch up on the latest news, find out when and where you can meet our authors and artists, or get the inside story in our blog.


04/10/2014

  • Willy the Wimp - Anthony Browne
  • Event name:The Shape Game with Anthony Browne
  • About this event: It’s the 30th anniversary of Willy the Wimp this year and in this interactive event we can celebrate with former Children’s Laureate Anthony Browne by playing the Shape Game! The rules are simple: the first player quickly draws any abstract shape at random, the second looks at it and then transforms it into something recognisable.
  • Date/Time:04/10/2014
  • Age range:5+
  • Location: Guildhall, Bath Festival
  • Ticketed: Yes
  • Ticketing details: £5

04/10/2014

  • A First Book of Nature - Nicola Davies
  • Event name:Natural inspiration with Nicola Davies
  • About this event: How do you turn nature into writing? How do you turn zoological reality into a story and how can writing help us reconnect with the natural world around us? Nicola Davies has spent a lifetime finding out. Join her for a fascinating talk and to share whales, bats, birds and stories.
  • Date/Time:04/10/2014
  • Location: Prior Park College, Bath Festival
  • Ticketed: Yes
  • Ticketing details: £6 Tickets from http://bathfestivals.org.uk/childrens-literature/event/natural-inspiration-with-nicola-davies/

04/10/2014

  • A First Book of Nature - Nicola Davies
  • Event name:Natural inspiration with Nicola Davies
  • About this event: How do you turn nature into writing? How do you turn zoological reality into a story and how can writing help us reconnect with the natural world around us? Nicola Davies has spent a lifetime finding out. Join her for a fascinating talk and to share whales, bats, birds and stories.
  • Date/Time:04/10/2014
  • Age range:10+
  • Location: Prior Park College, Bath Festival
  • Ticketed: Yes
  • Ticketing details: £6 http://bathfestivals.org.uk/childrens-literature/event/natural-inspiration-with-nicola-davies/

04/10/2014

  • We're Going on a Bear Hunt - Michael Rosen
  • Event name:We're Going on a Bear Hunt
  • About this event: Bring your own bear or dress up as one to join in the fun while you ‘squelch-squerch’ and ‘stumble-trip’ through one of the nation’s favourite books. Storyteller John McCraw brings the beloved classic by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury to life.
  • Date/Time:04/10/2014
  • Location: Guildhall, Bath Festival
  • Ticketed: Yes
  • Ticketing details: £6 http://bathfestivals.org.uk/childrens-literature/event/were-going-on-a-bear-hunt/

04/10/2014

  • We're Going on a Bear Hunt - Michael Rosen
  • Event name:We're Going on a Bear Hunt
  • About this event: Bring your own bear or dress up as one to join in the fun while you ‘squelch-squerch’ and ‘stumble-trip’ through one of the nation’s favourite books. With storyteller John McCraw.
  • Date/Time:04/10/2014
  • Location: The Studio, Imperial Square, Cheltenham Festival
  • Ticketed: Yes
  • Ticketing details: £6 Tickets from http://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/literature/whats-on/2014/were-going-on-a-bear-hunt/

04/10/2014

  • Maisy's Birthday Party Sticker Book - Lucy Cousins
  • Event name:Maisy Mouse
  • About this event: Join Maisy, everyone’s favourite mouse, for storytelling, songs and fun alongside her creator Lucy Cousins and storyteller Liz Fost. Plus, meet Maisy herself straight after the event!
  • Date/Time:04/10/2014
  • Location: Parabola Arts Centre, Cheltenham Festivals
  • Ticketed: Yes
  • Ticketing details: £6 Tickets from http://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/literature/whats-on/2014/maisy-mouse/

04/10/2014

  • Lizzy Bennet's Diary - Marcia Williams
  • Event name:Lizzy Bennet's Diary
  • About this event: Join Marcia Williams, creator of Lizzy Bennet’s Diary, for afternoon tea to talk about her love of Jane Austen and Pride and Prejudice, the inspiration behind her new book for children. The perfect introduction to Jane and one of her best-loved heroines!
  • Date/Time:04/10/2014
  • Location: Town Hall, Drawing Room, Cheltenham Festival
  • Ticketed: Yes
  • Ticketing details: £7 Tickets from http://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/literature/whats-on/2014/lizzie-bennets-diary/

05/10/2014

  • Willy the Wimp - Anthony Browne
  • Event name:Anthony Browne at Cheltenham Festival
  • About this event: 30 years after the much-loved, awardwinning Gorilla and Willy the Wimp were published, join author and illustrator and former Children’s Laureate Anthony Browne for a discussion about his amazing books and have fun with his special interactive shape game.
  • Date/Time:05/10/2014
  • Location: Parabola Arts Centre, Cheltenham Festivals
  • Ticketed: Yes
  • Ticketing details: £6 Tickets from http://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/literature/whats-on/2014/anthony-browne/

05/10/2014

  • Shaun the Sheep: The Flock Factor -
  • Event name:Join the Flock: Shaun the Sheep model making
  • About this event: Celebrate the forthcoming Shaun the Sheep movie and new Tales from Mossy Bottom Farm books. Join Aardman’s model maker in a hands-on workshop, and in a series of stages you’ll make your own clay Shaun the Sheep to take home.
  • Date/Time:05/10/2014
  • Location: Parabola Dance Studio, Cheltenham Festival
  • Ticketed: Yes
  • Ticketing details: £8 Tickets from http://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/literature/whats-on/2014/join-the-flock-shaun-the-sheep-model-making/

05/10/2014

  • The Mouse Who Ate the Moon - Petr Horacek
  • Event name:Book it! Breakfast with Petr Horacek
  • About this event: Come and join Walker Books for Breakfast! Much-loved author/illustrator Petr Horácek will take children through a workshop on his animal picture books, the Walker Bear will be in attendance, and there’ll be goody bags and breakfast for everyone! (Includes newspapers for the grown-ups.) Breakfast includes golden syrup pancakes, yoghurt and fresh fruit salad, tea and coffee.
  • Date/Time:05/10/2014
  • Location: The Spiegeltent, Cheltenham Festival
  • Ticketed: Yes
  • Ticketing details: £8 Tickets from http://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/literature/whats-on/2014/book-it-breakfast-with-petr-horacek/

05/10/2014

  • Pop-up London - Jennie Maizels
  • Event name:Pop-ups with Jennie Maizels
  • About this event: Jennie Maizels is a pop-up book making wizard, whose books include Pop-up London and Pop-up New York. Join her in a workshop where you’ll get the chance to try your hand at making your very own pop-up book to take away with you.
  • Date/Time:05/10/2014
  • Location: Parabola Dance Studio, Cheltenham Festival
  • Ticketed: Yes
  • Ticketing details: £16 Tickets from http://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/literature/whats-on/2014/pop-ups-with-jennie-maizels/

05/10/2014

  • Keeper - Mal Peet
  • Event name:David Almond, Melvin Burgess and Mal Peet - YA or not YA?
  • About this event: Although the YA genre produces many publishing sensations, authors (and readers) often resent being put into this category. David Almond (A Song for Ella Grey), Melvin Burgess (Junk) and Mal Peet (Keeper), whose work is often categorised as YA, discuss with publisher David Fickling what it means to them to write for young people and whether we should put such a label on works of fiction.
  • Date/Time:05/10/2014
  • Location: Guildhall, Bath Festival
  • Ticketed: Yes
  • Ticketing details: £6 Tickets from http://bathfestivals.org.uk/childrens-literature/event/david-almond-melvin-burgess-and-mal-peet-ya-or-not-ya/

05/10/2014

  • Tales from Shakespeare - Marcia Williams
  • Event name:Happy 450th Birthday, Mr Shakespeare!
  • About this event: Marcia Williams is famous for her retellings of classic stories in her distinctive cartoon style. In this event, where we celebrate the anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, Marcia will bring a selection of his most popular plays vividly to life using images, objects and plenty of drama.
  • Date/Time:05/10/2014
  • Location: Guildhall, Bath Festival
  • Ticketed: Yes
  • Ticketing details: £5 Tickets from http://bathfestivals.org.uk/childrens-literature/event/happy-450th-birthday-mr-shakespeare/

07/10/2014

  • The Promise - Nicola Davies
  • Event name:Animal Worlds with Nicola Davies
  • About this event: Join ex-Really Wild Show presenter Nicola Davies as she explores the weird and wonderful world of animals from whales to the tiny world of microbes and takes you on a magical journey in her new picture book The Promise.
  • Date/Time:07/10/2014
  • Location: The Studio, Imperial Square, Cheltenham Festival
  • Ticketed: Yes
  • Ticketing details: £4 Tickets from http://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/literature/whats-on/2014/animal-worlds-with-nicola-davies/

16/10/2014

  • Event name:Storytime at Gail’s Bakery
  • About this event: Join us each month for a morning of great stories, activities, music, tasty jam sandwiches and organic milk at Gail’s Bakery, 48 The Broadway, Crouch End, London, N8 9TP. Tickets £5. 10:30am. Free goody bags to take away for the children. October 16th: Main book: This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen. Second book: I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen.
  • Date/Time:16/10/2014
  • Location: Gail's Bakery, 48 The Broadway, Crouch End, London, N8 9PT
  • Ticketed: Yes
  • Ticketing details: £5

20/11/2014

  • Event name:Storytime at Gail’s Bakery
  • About this event: Join us each month for a morning of great stories, activities, music, tasty jam sandwiches and organic milk at Gail’s Bakery, 48 The Broadway, Crouch End, London, N8 9TP. Tickets £5. 10:30am. Free goody bags to take away for the children. November 20th: Main book: Say Hello Like This by Mary Murphy. Second book: A Kiss Like This by Mary Murphy
  • Date/Time:20/11/2014
  • Location: Gail’s Bakery, 48 The Broadway, Crouch End, London, N8 9TP.
  • Ticketed: Yes
  • Ticketing details: £5

11/12/2014

  • Event name:Storytime at Gail’s Bakery
  • About this event: Join us each month for a morning of great stories, activities, music, tasty jam sandwiches and organic milk at Gail’s Bakery, 48 The Broadway, Crouch End, London, N8 9TP. Tickets £5. 10:30am. Free goody bags to take away for the children. December 11th: Main book: Maisy’s Christmas Tree by Lucy Cousins. Second book: Maisy Makes Gingerbread by Lucy Cousins.
  • Date/Time:11/12/2014
  • Location: Gail’s Bakery, 48 The Broadway, Crouch End, London, N8 9TP
  • Ticketed: Yes
  • Ticketing details: £5