Keighley Children’s
Literature Festival

10th & 11th May 2024



About the festival

Welcome to the third Keighley Library Children’s Literature Festival. Our 2022 and 2023 events were a huge success, delivering sessions within the library to over 3000 children. This followed our communities day where we gifted over 500 books to children within the local community.

Due to limited funding we will be delivering just two days this year. Friday 10th May – Keighley schools will be visiting Keighley Library for read aloud interactive sessions with authors and illustrators: Ben Davis , Hilary Robinson, Oliver Sykes, Yesmein Bagh Ali and Christina Gabbitas

Saturday 12th May is ‘Communities Day’ – The public are invited to attend Keighley Library to experience the highly acclaimed show Fishing For Rainbows by Oli Sykes,  FREE! Book via Eventbrite

 In addition Story Explorers by Word Up North will be in the library from 10.00-12.00pm and Christina Gabbitas will be stationed in the library downstairs gifting free books,   available to chat about the Kindness initiative for primary age children, and national county lines poetry and song competition.  




Festival schedule

Kindness Initiative for ALL Keighley schools

Friday Schools Fest - Keighley Library with Hilary Robinson, Ben Davis, Yesmein Bagh Ali, Oliver Sykes & Christina Gabbitas.
Saturday 11th May- Communities Day, Keighley Library - Fishing For Rainbows Show with Oliver Sykes - Story Explorers by Word Up North & Christina Gabbitas.

10.00am – 2.30pm

Collect a FREE Book from Christina Gabbitas – Pick up information on the festival KINDNESS initiative, and chat to Christina about her national county lines competition for ages 12+

10.00am-12.00pm – Story Explorers by Word Up North

11.00-12.00pm – Fishing For Rainbows with Oliver Sykes.                

Booking link: 11.00am

1.00pm -2.00pm – Fishing For Rainbows Show with Oliver Sykes.  

Booking Link:




Meet the authors

Festival Sponsors & Supporters