Diary of a sea monkey week 2… things are getting busy at Festival HQ!


It’s less than a week until the 2014 Manchester Children’s Book Festival gets started with our sell-out Multi-cultural Manchester Days!
This week Charlie has been so busy we’ve barely seen him in the office. He’s been in and out of schools all week as part of the Reading and Writing Relay, and preparing for this weekend at the Manchester Mela and Trafford Centre.
Still, he’s found time to keep us all updated about his week, and what he’s been getting up to behind the scenes of the Manchester Children’s Book Festival. Over to you Charlie…

Busy week ahead so started the week with a team briefing. I’m out at so many schools with Curtis Jobling this week I’m losing track!

We’ve got a brilliant team with the Festival this year who are all working extra hard in the build up to the Festival. Can’t believe it’s only a week away!

You can even have a chance to win your own sea monkey from the team by entering our raffle at the Family Fun Day, and at other events throughout the festival!

I’ve been visiting St Paul’s and Manchester Communications Academy today with Curtis on the Reading and Writing Relay. The kids were all ace, and Curtis has made me want to take up animation full time… after my drawing of Festival Director James Draper last week, do you think I have what it takes?


An afternoon visit to Reddish Vale, so in the morning had a bit of time to catch up with the Festival Directors Kaye and James over coffee and update them from our team meeting.

You’ve got to keep the Directors in line, or else who knows what crazy ideas they’re going to come up with!
At the very grand St Bede’s this morning with Curtis and the Reading and Writing Relay. We’re out with Liz Kessler, Cathy Cassidy Ali Sparkes, Justin Somper, and Steve Cole during the Festival… blazing a trail across Manchester!

This afternoon been putting final touches for all our exhibitors at the Family Fun Day next Saturday. It’s going to be an brilliantday of free activities for all the family, including storytelling for all ages… Plus special appearances from Cerrie Burnell as seen on CBeebies, and Festival headliners, the absolutely awesome Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre!

Now, where can I put the ‘Could you be a superhero’ stall? Hmmmm….

I’ve been out with the guys and girls of St Mary’s at the Moss Side Powerhouse in preparation for their seawig parade on our Family Fun Day next Saturday. They’re really coming along. If you want, you make your own you can get the template here, or come and see us at the Trafford Centre Bandstand this Sunday… or come along to the free Family Fun Day next Saturday!

I had to hot foot it over to Salford as well to catch up with the pupils of The Albion who are taking part in our Tweet-Up event at the Imperial War Museum and National Football museum, also marking the launch of Tom Palmer’s new novel ‘Over the Line.’
We’ve been looking at World War One Poetry and tweets with Tony Walsh. Can’t wait for the finale on the 6th July!
And finally, very sad that England lost last night, so cheered myself up with some Strawberries!
There’s always Wimbledon after all…

See you all next week! But you can also follow all the Festival action @mcbf2014 or #mcbf2014.


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