It's nearly time for the 2017 Manchester Literature Festival, and while most of the events are geared towards adults, there's been a real push in recent years to expand the range of family events on offer.
If you're interested in any of this years, be quick, some events have already sold out!
This year, there’s the big Family Reading Day which runs from 10:00am - 4:30pm at Central Library on Saturday 14th October. The event is suitable for children aged between 3-8 years and their families, you can call in anytime to enjoy the free arts and crafts, storytelling sessions, and a community book swap.
There are also a number of bookable events on this day (14/10/2017):
Ben Faulks, out of his Mr Bloom persona for a change, will be sharing his funny and thought provoking thoughts on ‘what makes us us’.
Who? Ages 4 plus When? 10:30am -11:15am How much? £4
Ben Faulks 'aka' Mr Bloom
Ed Vere, author of 'Mr Big' and 'Max the Brave' will be introducing his new character, 'Grumpy Frog.'
Who? Ages 3 plus When? 12:00pm -12.45pm How much? £4
Authors Clare Foges and Al Murphy will continue the afternoon fun with tales from their 'Bathroom Boogie' picture book, complete with songs and surprises.
Who? Ages 4 plus When? 2:00pm -2:45pm How much? £4
Finally, 'Rastamouse' creator Michael de Souza will end the day with a lively and interactive session.
Who? Ages 4 plus When? 3:30pm -4:15pm How much? £4
Rastamouse creator Michael de Souza
Aside from the Family Reading Day, there are a couple of other family friendly activities on offer throughout the festival period:
If you have a little comedian in your family (don't we all?!), they might enjoy the Comedy Club 4 Kids mentoring sessions where they will be expertly guided through the art of sketches and stand up, ready to perform for the adults at the end of the day!
Who? Ages 8-11 When? Saturday 7th October 2pm, Z-arts How much? £10
For older, theatre loving children, there's a production of 'Child of the Divide', a story of family, identity and belonging.
Who? Ages 8 plus When? Friday 20th October 7pm, Z-arts How much? Tickets start from £6
And finally for the younger ones, there is a family friendly theatre show on offer:
'Do Not Enter the Monster Zoo' is an exciting adventure promising live music and lots of laughs.
Who? Under 7s and their families. When? Tuesday 10th October at 11:30am and 2:15pm, Beswick library Plus Wednesday 11th October 11:00am and 2:00pm, The Factory Youth Zone. These shows are free to local schools and families – email email@example.com for enquiries.