Get hooked on books!

The theme of this year’s May Shrewsbury Book Festival is inspiring young minds to be creative, to challenge them with exciting new activities and masterclasses and, most of all, to enjoy words by celebrating them in both the written and spoken format. The event runs from Saturday 5 to Sunday 7 May, with lots of fun interactive activities to enjoy.

Carefully researched workshops will give children the chance to create their very own masterpiece, while soft skills such as creative thinking sit side-by-side with expert model-making tuition – all with a touch of humour. A highlight of the festival weekend is a children’s theatre group who will be running mischievous, interactive and inventive drama workshops inspired by Roald Dahl’s extraordinary stories on Saturday, while the Etherington Brothers use their unique blend of humour, improvisation and enthusiasm to help children take their first creative steps into the greatest storytelling medium on earth – comics! – on Sunday.

There is also a whole day of free, drop-in, book-related activities in the centre of Shrewsbury and a wonderful Bookfest Quest that will take you on a winding trail through the town to spot artwork created by local primary schools.

For the full programme and to book tickets, visit


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