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Chorleywood Children's Literary Festival

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The Little Litfest

Chorleywood sounds like a place where the Tumtum tree might grow or the borogoves outgrabe, but far from being a murky and mysterious forest, it is actually a pleasant village of in the Three Rivers district of Hertfordshire.

The fanciful name does, however, lend itself to all that is magical about fairytales and the like, which it what makes it such a fantastic location for a children's literary festival.

Set up last year as a spin-off to the Chorleywood Literature Festival, Sheryl Shurville and Morag Watkins organised a 'Little Litfest' for next generation of readers. Taking place over the weekend of the 8th & 9th March, tickets to events cost between 3-15, and can be booked online or bought from their bookshop in person.

There is an exciting line-up of guests hosting the events, including Dame Jacqueline Wilson, who will be introducing her new book of short stories, Paws & Whiskers. It is suitable for 7-12 year olds, and part of the proceeds of this book go to Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.

Younger readers will enjoy a morning with illustrator Steven Lenton, who will be telling the adventures of Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam.

Girls 10-15 might be interested in Kate Maryon's The Invisible Girl. She will be holding a craft session, making beaded bookmarks and doing creative writing. Other activities include a drama workshop, film club, The Wimpy Kid Show, Rwoar! Dinosaur. All events will be held at the Chorleywood Memorial Hall.
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Why? Fun for children
When: 8th & 9th March
Phone: 01923 283566
Where: Memorial Hall
Cost: 3-15
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