Registered Charity Number: 1120177

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President:  Dame Jacqueline Wilson; Patrons:  Michael Morpurgo & Ian Whybrow

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Our overall aim has remained unchanged since the Bookfest first began – to inspire, enthuse and entertain children through

literature and the arts.



Shrewsbury Bookfest was founded in May 1999. It was at the time the only exclusively children’s literary festival in the country. Since then, Bookfest has grown considerably, developed new projects and has established a fine reputation for excellence amongst authors, publishers and keen supporters.


It obtained charitable status in 2007, and in 2009 won a Queen's Award for Excellence in the Voluntary Sector – the equivalent of an MBE and the highest award that can be given to a voluntary organisation.


Shrewsbury Bookfest has always been an independent, not-for-profit organisation, governed by a non-executive Board of Trustees.  The Committee is primarily made up of a group of dedicated, hard working volunteers who collectively put in hundreds of hours to deliver continually evolving and successful reading development projects.

Our President, Dame Jacqueline Wilson - a regular and enthusiastic visitor to Shrewsbury Bookfest

“Children’s authors go all over the world speaking at book festivals. But I can honestly say that I have had the most fun at Shrewsbury and I know all my fellow authors agree with me.

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