Who's on?

Nick Sharratt
Nick Sharratt

You Choose in Space. Join Nick Sharratt for a family event as he goes on an intergalactic adventure celebrating his fabulous picture book. He'll be doing lots of drawing, playing space-themed games and you can help him invent some hilarious new space creatures. Fancy dress encouraged - astronauts and space monsters most welcome! Nick’s much-loved other picture books include You Choose, Shark in the Park and Pants. He’s also the illustrator of Jacqueline Wilson’s Tracy Beaker.

Korky Paul
Korky Paul

kOrky Paul was born in Harare, Zimbabwe. He is a much loved artist and among his illustrated work is the multi-million selling Winnie and Wilbur series. He is a patron of The Art Room, Pegasus Theatre, ARCh and Reading Quest.

Sarah McIntyre
Sarah McIntyre

The Legend of Kevin Who doesn't love ponies? Especially roly-poly ponies who can fly? Come meet Kevin, the four-legged, two-winged hero of The Legend of Kevin and Kevin's Great Escape.

The Ark And Dove Show
The Ark And Dove Show

How far would you go to be free? Would you leave your home? your family? Join Michele O'Brien as she tells the story of The Ark and Dove.

Kieran Larwood
Kieran Larwood

Kieran Larwood is the author of children's books The Peculiars and The Five Realms series. He worked as a Reception class teacher for fifteen years, and has just about recovered. He now writes full time and drinks far too much coffee. He won the 2011 Times Children's Fiction competition with his debut novel, and the 2017 Blue Peter Book Award for Podkin One-Ear, his second book.

IW Bat Hospital
IW Bat Hospital

The Isle of Wight bat hospital is a non profit voluntary organisation run by Donna and Graham Street, we run a 24/7 collection service completely free of charge (donations welcome) in which injured, sick or trapped bats are collected and returned to health where possible to be released back into the wild.

Emergency Turtle shadow puppetry
Emergency Turtle shadow puppetry

Come on some journeys with us. Let us take you through ancient landscapes and hidden worlds with masterful music and storytelling and awe-inspiring shadow theatre.

Sue Bailey
Sue Bailey
Harrison Wavell
Harrison Wavell

Storyteller and songwriter, Harrison spins a good yarn.

Jules Marriner
Jules Marriner

Jules is nuts about nature; she has spent all of 2019 making a picture each day as a 'citizen science' project, keeping an eye on the local natural world and the effect of climate change.

Debbie Webb
Debbie Webb

Author of the Stevie Stegosaurus books.

Kathryn Rossati
Kathryn Rossati

Kathryn Rossati is a writer of fantasy, children's fiction, short stories and poetry.

Paul Barrett
Paul Barrett

Paul writes entertainingly about his enormous Lop Eared rabbit.

Adam Barron
Adam Barron

Entertaining Talk on Butterflies, Moths and The Natural World, including the Harry Potter butterfly!

Zoe Sadler
Zoe Sadler

Adventure awaits. Come and listen to Zoe read her captivating picture book Chasing Butterflies and then make your own beautiful dreamcatcher

Here are just a some of the speakers who we have hosted in the last few years.

Nicholas Allan, Helen Oxenbury, Matt Brown, Sean Taylor, Rob Lloyd-Jones, Simon James, Vicki Lutas, Jane Ray, Jane Porter, Chris Priestley, Jake Rodrigues, Chloe Inkpen, Kieran Larwood, Peta Rainford, Fran Heath, Jules Marriner, Zoe Sadler, Debbie Webb, Kate Rossati, Bethan Christopher, Sue Bailey, The Ingreedies and many, many more.