Guest Director announced for 2017
Saturday 16th July 2016
Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival has appointed the author/illustrator Sarah McIntyre as Guest Director for its Children’s Festival in 2017.
The flamboyant, award-winning writer and illustrator, famous for her signature pointy specs and stunning array of hats, takes over from Philip Ardagh who guest directed the Festival last year.
‘Next year is our birthday year as we celebrate 10 years of the Festival, and we are delighted to have someone of Sarah’s talent working with us,’ says Festival Director Annie Ashworth. ‘In recent years, the Festival has brought to Stratford some of the best known names in children literature including Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell, Michael Rosen, Julia Donaldson, Anne Fine and Nick Butterworth. Sarah has appeared at Strtaford twice in the past and, with her leading the way, we will be building on this amazing line up. ‘
Next year’s Festival runs from 23rd to 30th April including a Children’s Day and a week of events in regional schools in March. ‘Inspiring a love of reading and books is a huge part of what we do’ says Annie, ‘and our special project for 2017, called Sharing Stories, will be finding ways to encourage parents to read with their children, and Sarah will play an important part in this. She will also be a judge in our creative writing competition which attracts entries from all over the world. We can’t wait to have Sarah with us bringing her colour and enthusiasm to the Festival.’
Sarah McIntyre sometimes creates books by herself, such as the comic Vern and Lettuce, There's a Shark in the Bath and Dinosaur Police picture books, but also collaborates with other writers, such as her longer illustrated books with Philip Reeve, Oliver and the Seawigs, Cakes in Space and Pugs of the Frozen North. In 2016, The Bookseller magazine listed her as a Rising Star for her work in spearheading the #PicturesMeanBusiness campaign which urges people to credit illustrators properly for their artwork on bookcovers, in reviews, sales charts and online. Her co-authored Reeve & McIntyre books have been translated into more than 25 languages and they’re a colourful sight at book festivals around the country and abroad. She’ll be launching two new books, Jinks and O’Hare Funfair Repair with Philip Reeve and The Prince of Pants with Alan MacDonald in 2017.
Her awards include the Independent Bookshop Week award for Pugs of the Frozen North, Sheffield Children’s Best Picture Book and Overall Winner, the UKLA award and the Swiss Prix L’Enfantaisie for Oliver and the Seawigs, the Leeds Graphic Novel Award (now the Young People’s Comic Award) for Vern and Lettuce, and the Bishop’s Stortford Picture Book Award for Morris the Mankiest Monster.
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