Our story began in early 2019 when our protagonist, Ellie Freeman, decided to follow her dream of putting on Bristol’s first ever citywide children’s book festival.
Ellie, a community activist, mum, and passionate book lover, started a mission to bring books, storytelling, and poetry to children across the city. She wanted to:
• Showcase local talent.
• Give children the chance to meet creative people from their community.
• Inspire young people to become authors and illustrators themselves one day.
• Create a festival that makes the most of community buildings in Bristol.
• Put on affordable events for all.
So, Ellie approached some of Bristol’s wonderful children’s book authors, illustrators, and storytellers and invited them along with her on a journey to encourage a new generation of book lovers. During this part of the adventure Ellie discovered Kate Frost, author of children’s book series Time Shifters, who became co-founder of the festival.
She also went about finding a key group of characters to help her organise the festival:
There were many others who played important roles too, including:
Like with most novels, there are twists and turns in real life, so we’ve had to adapt our story for this year. Chapter 2 of the festival will now take place online, with 15 inspirational events you can enjoy at home.
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