Talk & Book Signing: Barnes Children’s Literature Festival

From dog sledding in the Arctic to living with the Kazakh eagle hunters in Mongolia, bestselling children’s author Abi Elphinstone shares the real life adventures behind her books. Abi introduces her extraordinary new adventure, Saving Neverland – a magical, modern sequel to Peter Pan – complete with Lost Kids, pirate ghosts and a woolly mammoth called Armageddon – and shows just how easy it is to leap into stories of your own.

Waterstones Durham: book signing

I’ll be signing books (including my brand new adventure story, SAVING NEVERLAND) at the wonderful Waterstones Durham from 11am-2pm on Saturday 14th January. Come and say hi!

SAVING NEVERLAND: talk & book signing

From dog-sledding in the Arctic to living with the Kazakh Eagle Hunters in Mongolia, I will be talking about the real-life adventures behind my stories. I’ll be speaking about her latest book, Saving Neverland – a modern, magical sequel to Peter Pan – complete with moonpaper maps, frostbears and a woolly mammoth called Armageddon. And I’ll be showing kids just how easy it is to leap into stories of their own. There will be a book signing afterwards.

Wintery Book Signing

On Tuesday 22nd November 4-5:30pm, I’ll be signing copies of all my wintery books (The Frost Goblin, The Snow Dragon and Sky Song) at Waterstones Bracknell alongside superstar author Mel Taylor. Come and get some festive stories signed!

THE FROST GOBLIN: talk & signing

Come to wonderful Night Owl Bookshop in East Linton to hear me talk about my new book, THE FROST GOBLIN. Grab a signed book afterwards (perfect early Christmas presents…!)

Inventing Magical Beasts Workshops

The Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour is heading to Edinburgh Zoo to round off a week of fantastic author events themed around the environment.

Award-winning author Abi Elphinstone will run interactive workshops for children and families attending the zoo on Saturday 2 October. Abi will help children invent magical beasts and creatures inspired by the wild animals all around them.

There will be a chance to meet Abi and have her sign your books – copies will also be available to purchase from the Edinburgh Zoo gift shop.

These workshops are free for anyone who has paid standard entry to Edinburgh Zoo on Saturday 2 October. No registration is required.

When: Saturday 2 October, 10am and 11.30am

Where: Bundongo Theatre, Edinburgh Zoo

Duration: Each workshop lasts 15 minutes

Who: Children and families

Cost: Standard entry fee to Edinburgh Zoo

Materials provided: Pens, paper, clipboards (for kids to lean their paper on), empty egg boxes, flip chart and pens for Abi to use. People can bring their own materials if they prefer.

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In Conversation with Kate DiCamillo

Celebrate these fantastic authors, Kate DiCamillo and Abi Elphinstone as they discuss their latest books, The Beatryce Prophecy and The Crackledawn Dragon with this one off virtual event! The conversation will be chaired by another star author, Katherine Woodfine (The Sinclair’s Mysteries, Taylor and Rose Secret Agents). This event is free to all to tune in, and will run on Zoom Webinars. If you can’t make the live event time we will record the event to view afterwards at a convenient time.

This event is in association with the National Literacy Trust.

Let’s Talk About Our Environment with Abi Elphinstone, Isabella Tree & Jess French

We bring together eco-minded authors and publishers to share their experience, knowledge and stories from their time writing books and teaching people what they can do to help fight climate change and protect our world.

In this interactive talk and Q&A, your pupils will learn about environmental issues and what we can do to make a difference, as well as having the chance to ask our authors their burning questions.

So who are our guests?

Bestselling author Abi Elphinstone is a real-life adventurer. From living with the Kazakh Eagle Hunters in Mongolia, to kayaking through Norwegian fjords, Abi will be talking about the real-life adventures in the natural world that are the inspirations behind her magical stories. We will also hear how the impact of the climate crisis has found its way into the magical realms she creates.

Isabella Tree is the bestselling author and award-winning rewilding pioneer whose own experience of rewilding her estate at Knepp has influenced conservation techniques around the world that are bringing nature back to the countryside and bringing threatened species back from the brink. She will share her hopes that this story of nature healing itself will inspire children with a sense of hope and optimism for the future.

Jess French is presenter of Minibeast Adventure with Jess on CBeebies, who knows all there is to know about different forest types around the world, what makes each of them precious and unique and the causes, effects and solutions to deforestation and what YOU can do to help.

Isabella Tree’s When We Went Wild and Jess French’s book Let’s Save The World: Forests are printed by Ivy Press who print books sustainably using eco-processes. We’ll be joined by a member of their team who will tell us how it all works, we’ll get a look inside the factory and find out how the book industry can become a more eco-friendly place.

This live virtual event will go ahead with a limited schools audience. A recording of the event will be shared on our website to watch on demand. Applications are open to anyone who wants to join live.

Who: Primary schools

Platform: Microsoft Teams

Cost: Fully funded

Audience: P5–7 (ages 9–12)

Audience size: 10–30 (smaller or larger groups are welcome to apply)

Deadline: Fri 17 Sept 2021 at 12 noon

FREE school visits in East Lothian

From living with the Kazakh Eagle Hunters in Mongolia to kayaking through the Norwegian fjords, bestselling author Abi Elphinstone will be talking about the real-life adventures and accidental daydreams behind her stories. She’ll be speaking about the latest book in her Unmapped Chronicles series, The Crackledawn Dragon – a voyage across a secret kingdom full of silver whales, fire krakens, and underwater palaces. She’ll also be sharing how her own experiences and adventures in the natural world inspire her magical realms and beast as well as showing kids how easy it is to leap into stories of their own . . .

Following the lift of some Coronavirus restrictions, we are pleased to offer this in-person school visit which will be carefully planned with each successful school.

Who: Primary schools

Where: Schools in East Lothian (in-person event)

Cost: Fully funded

Audience: P4–7 (ages 8–12)

Audience size: 200 (smaller or larger groups are welcome to apply)

Deadline: Friday 10 September 2021 at 12 noon

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