Blackburn with Darwen Children’s Literature Festival 2022

Darwen Library 4th, 5th & 8th October

Blackburn Library 6th, 7th & 8th October 

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 is the brainchild 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.

What’s On

October – Libraries Week

Schools Fest at Darwen Library 4th 

Blackburn Library 6th & 7th 

Local Primary Schools in Blackburn with Darwen are being invited to join into read aloud interactive sessions by our authors and illustrators


Local schools in Blackburn and Darwen are being invited to attend read aloud interactive sessions streamed live from Blackburn Central Library. More information about the authors involved can be found further down the page.

Families and Communities Days

Darwen Library 9.30-12.30pm

Blackburn Central Library 1.00-4.00pm


MORE INFORMATION Coming soon.........

Evening with Artists with Undertone Michael Bradley with Teenage Kicks:

 Rappaman – Dan Worsley – Christina Gabbitas – 


More Coming soon!


Meet the authors involved

With thanks to