Sam and Mark added to Manchester Children’s Book Festival Lineup

Sam and Mark
Children’s television favourites Sam and Mark have been added to the line-up of this year’s Manchester Children’s Book Festival.

The duo will be launching their first children’s book, The Adventures of Long Arm, at the festival.

When Ricky Mitre, a young boy who is always in trouble, accidently gets his arm stuck down the U-bend of the staff toilet and emerges with a super long arm, his adventures as a brand-new “superkid” are just beginning.

They will be joining headliner Matt Brown, author of the Compton Valance series and hugely popular presenter on Nickelodeon UK.

Mouldy sandwiches

Matt, along with Compton Valance illustrator Lizzie Finlay, will be appearing at the festival family fun day on Saturday, June 27, as well as hosting a special event at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and taking part in a very special author event.

And in honour of the mouldy sandwich that allows Compton to time travel, food scientists at Manchester Metropolitan University have placed a cheese and pickle sandwich into an incubator and will be examining the microbes and time-travelling potential over the next 13 weeks – the time it took Compton’s sandwich to develop its magic powers.

Also appearing at the festival, which runs from June 26 to July 5, will be Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, along with children’s poets Imtiaz Dharker and Mandy Coe. Mandy is leading a festival campaign to get children’s poetry acknowledged by bookshops up and down the land.

Author Liz Kessler will also be launching her latest novel, Read Me Like a Book, at the festival, and Alex Scarrow will be performing excerpts from his Time Riders series of young adult novels.

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