About the festival
This will be the 5th festival that we have held in Blackburn with Darwen. The festival will run in Libraries Week, from 2nd-8th October. This year spans five libraries. Blackburn Central, the beautiful Darwen Carnegie Library. Cherry Tree Library, Mill Hill and Roman Road.
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.