About the festival
This will be the fourth festival that we have held in Blackburn with Darwen. In addition this year we will be holding events in the lovely Darwen Carnegie Library too. The 2020 events were streamed out virtually due to COVID19 restrictions from Blackburn Central Library’s Hornby Theatre. We are excited to be delivering the events in person.
Children’s Literature Festivals was the idea of Blackburn born author Christina Gabbitas. There are over 350 literature festivals in the UK, with less than 10% solely centred on children. With falling literacy levels and England being ranked bottom of the table in the developed world for literacy amongst 16-19 year olds in a 2016 report , Christina thinks we should be concentrating on children in early years and primary to instil interest and a love of books.
Blackburn Children’s Literature Festival is set to encourage children from all cultures , backgrounds, and abilities, to read and write.
We believe that reading is not just fantastic educationally, but socially and emotionally too.