Hey guys!! So recently, on Monday 26th June, I went to the ‘Big Malarkey Festival’ which was on at East Park for an hour after school time. ‘Big Malarkey Festival’ is a literary festival and this is the first literary festival to ever happen in Hull!! One of the activities on Monday was to listen to Lauren Child being interviewed as part of her becoming 10th Children Laureate and then you could get your book signed by her afterwards!! So since Lauren is one of my favourite children’s authors, I sat and listened while she got interviewed and afterwards got my book signed by her and got a picture with her!! So in todays blog post, I’m going to be sharing my experience at the ‘Big Malarkey Festival’ and giving you my honest opinion on it.
The set up of the Big Malarkey Festival was really unique and colourful. There were lots of different tents set up all with different activities going on inside. Some of these were to make your own comic strip, to draw with Shoo Rayner the illustrater in residence at the Big Malarkey Festival and listening to Lauren Child be interviewed as part of her being 10th Children Laureate and get your book signed by her afterwards. We sat and listened to Lauren Child be interviewed for the full hour. During this time, she talked about her books which include the Ruby Redfort series, Clarice Bean series and Charlie and Lola series, how she illustrates her own books and how she got into writing in the first place. At the end of the interview she was met with a massive round of applause and after that everyone flocked outside to get their book signed by her. Me and my sister both brought a book for her to sign (I brought a Ruby Redfort book, she brought a Clarice Bean book) and then we posed for a photo with Lauren. I’m so grateful that I got the opportunity to go to the ‘Big Malarkey Festival’ and meet Lauren Child and I really hope they’ll consider making it an annual event in Hull.
I would rate this event 10 out of 10 stars since I really feel like it connects people with books and reading and the overall set up of the ‘Big Malarkey Festival’ was amazing!! There was also a wide range of events linking to literature going on throughout the week.
Amelia Grace a.k.a Amelia in Hull