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

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The 'May Festival' is the annual children's literary festival described as "a beacon of excellence amongst literary festivals" by our patron, Michael Morpurgo.  This festival of literary themed events and author/illustrator workshops at venues across Shrewsbury has, since its inception in 1999, become a hugely respected and popular event in the county.  Take a quick look here at the amazing events that happened during the May Festival 2017


This public children's literature festival runs every year over the May Bank Holiday weekend.  In 2018, the Festival dates are Friday 4th May to Monday 7th May.

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A child-led reading development project delivered into Shropshire primary schools to find the book published in the previous two years that 9-11 year olds love the most.  


The first Book Award project in 2010 was an immediate and overwhelming success, so we ran the project again in 2012, 2014 and 2016.  We have developed its scope and widened its reach each time.  Click here to watch a 4 minute film which tells the story of Book Award 2016 from the viewpoint of the pupils, teachers and authors. Click here to see the shortlist for the last Book Award in 2016.


If your school would like to be involved in Book Award 2018, please email us here to register your interest.

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As part of a nationwide programme, Shrewsbury Bookfest is delivering a series of events every November between 2014 and 2018 especially for children, young people and families to commemorate the centenary of World War 1.


Click here to see the most recent programme of Bookfest Remembers events that took place in November 2016.

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Schools' Week is a programme of workshops which in 2017 ran from Monday 27th February to Friday 3rd March to coincide with World Book Day.  This programme is carefully researched and selected giving schools peace of mind that the workshops will be of maximum benefit to their pupils.  Shrewsbury Bookfest also looks after all the small but time-consuming details of the arrangements leaving schools and their pupils free to get the most out of their author visit.


Click here to view the wonderful and exciting programme that was in place for Schools' Week 2017.

By partnering up with local schools and supporters, Bookfest is able to respond to the availability of mega-leaders in children's literature and deliver special, one-off school events.  For example, we welcomed CRESSIDA COWELL in May 2016 and most recently, MICHAEL ROSEN in April 2017 to central venues and invited local primary schools to the event.  This means that schools who often struggle to bring authors to meet their pupils are able to share the joy of working with, hearing and talking to some of the most influential people in children's books.