Bookworms with Wendy Meddour

10.30am -12non.  Saturday 16th October.

*Children’s event*

Join award winning children’s writer, Wendy Meddour and the Bookworms team for library themed activities in our magical book-lined outer library.

  • Find out what makes you special with Howard the Average Gecko. 
  • Understand why being kind to others is so important with Lubna and Pebble. 
  • And learn to love the little things with Tisha and the Blossom.

Event is free but booking is essential:

Suitable for children 4-7 years old (and their adults*)

Wendy grew up in a little seaside town called Aberystwyth. After getting her PhD, she went to teach English Literature at Oxford University, and now teaches creative writing at the University of Exeter. Her debut children’s book,  A Hen in the Wardrobe, was shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award for ‘Outstanding First Novel’, selected as one of The Guardian’s ‘Best 50 diverse Children’s Books since the 1950s’ and won the John C Laurence Award for ‘improving relations between the races’. Wendy has gone on to become an internationally best-selling children’s writer, with books translated into 18 languages and featured on CBBC Newsround,  Cbeebies  Bedtime Story and  BBC Woman’s Hour. Earlier this year, Wendy was awarded the Margaret Wise Brown Prize for Literature, and one of her latest picture books, Lubna and Pebble (illustrated by Daniel Egneus), was selected by Time Magazine as one of the ‘Best 10 Books of the Year’.

*We ask that parent / carers remain on site during this event, please. 



From first pages to second books, Rowan Hisayo Buchanan and Ellen Wiles on their novels and on building a writing career. 

2pm-3.30pm.   Saturday 16th October.

From first chapters to first submissions: novelists Rowan Hisayo Buchanan and Ellen Wiles read from their novels and discuss writing the all-important opening chapters, and how they began their journeys to publication

Event is free but booking is essential:

Adult event

Rowan is the author of the novels Harmless Like You and Starling Days. Her work has won the Authors’ Club First Novel Award and a Betty Trask Award. She has been shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award. She has been published in Granta, The Atlantic, Guernica, and elsewhere.

Ellen is the author of the novel The Invisible Crowd, which was awarded a Victor Turner Prize, and the books Saffron Shadows and Live Literature. Her literary and critical writing has been published in Guernica and The TLS. She is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Exeter, and she has previously worked as a human rights barrister and as a busker.